Liverpool have accepted an offer of £10million from Queens Park Rangers for Fabio Borini, according to the Daily Mail.
Borini has been the subject of intense interest from Sunderland all summer, with the Black Cats having a bid of £14million accepted almost a month ago.
But the Italian has appeared reluctant to head back to the north East where he spent last season on loan, and that has seen QPR try their chances with a deadline day offer.
The 23-year-old is set to cost the London club £10million, with the Reds said to get another £2million in add-ons over the coming seasons.
It looks as though Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is going to miss out on the man who fired 10 goals for Sunderland in all competitions last season, following a lengthy pursuit.
The Uruguayan coach said he had remained hopeful of signing the Italian before the deadline following his sides defeat to QPR on Saturday.
‘I know how people feel but unfortunately we cannot give you all the information, all the true information on why he’s not with us,’ he said.
‘I know from the outside it looks like it’s him not wanting to come to Sunderland because of whatever, but I can promise you it’s not like that.’