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Total Football Scout - Fabio Borini, AS Roma

Liverpool fans were given a glimmer of hope this week that a striker could be brought to Anfield.

Fabio Borini (pictured) has been touted as a transfer target for Brendan Rodgers, who has worked with him at Swansea and Chelsea. Borini could prove to be a shrewd signing for the Reds.

NAME: FABIO BORINI

POSITION: STRIKER

AGE: 21

CLUB: AS ROMA

SQUAD NUMBER: 31

NATIONALITY: ITALY

HEIGHT: 5’ 11”

WEIGHT: 73 KG

MARKET VALUE: £7,900,000

HE’S A BIT LIKE: FILIPPO INZAGHI

Fabio Borini started his career at Italian side Bologna, before moving to Chelsea in the summer of 2007. He was installed as the first choice striker for the reserve side.

Borini finished as highest scorer in the reserve league, netting ten goals in 11 appearances.

Subsequently, Borini was added to Chelsea’s Champions League squad by Carlo Ancelotti, making the substitutes bench for a group match against FC Porto in September 2009.

The Italian made his first team debut, replacing Nicolas Anelka in the 89th minute of a league match with Tottenham Hotspur before making his first start against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup.

Borini made three appearances for Chelsea’s senior team, before he was loaned to Championship side Swansea City in March 2011.

The 21-year-old linked up again with Rodgers after working with him in the youth setup at Stamford Bridge.

On his debut with the Swans, Borini netted a superb brace against Nottingham Forest.

He then opened the scoring against Norwich with a free-kick and the loanee bagged another brace later in his temporary deal, during the 4-1 victory over Ipswich.

From Championship to Serie A 

Borini announced he would return to Chelsea after his loan spell but helped Swansea achieve Premier League status; winning a penalty in the play-off final.

However, Borini then revealed he had signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian side Parma.

In the same transfer window, Borini was signed on loan by AS Roma for £1m, with the option to buy for around £6m. He scored his first goal for La Maggica against Genoa, also netting in matches involving Fiorentina and Cesena.

The club then purchased Borini for around £2m in a co-ownership deal from Parma. After scoring against Cagliari, Borini put two past Inter Milan and got the equaliser in a passionate Rome derby with fierce rivals Lazio.

Parma were paid £5m in a blind auction for the remaining 50 per cent of Borini’s rights. Reports are now emerging that Liverpool are close to completing a deal for Borini, with Rodgers wanting to make him his first signing at Anfield.

Borini is an expert finisher with lots of pace. He likes to cut inside and provides Liverpool with another alternative.

Luis Suarez has been craving a quick forward to keep up with him; something that Andy Carroll cannot do.

Carroll's potential loan move to AC Milan and bringing Borini in, could be one of the smartest decisions yet made by the new Anfield boss.

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