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Reds complete Borini signing
Published : 13 Jul 2012 20:17:12Rss feed
Roma striker Fabio Borini has become Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' first signing as Liverpool manager after finalising a long-term deal at Anfield.
The 21-year-old Italy international passed a medical and agreed personal terms at the club's Melwood training ground on Friday.
Borini moves to Anfield for a fee Press Association Sport understands is in the region of £7.9million.
Borini will be reunited with Rodgers, with whom he worked in the Chelsea youth set up, for a second time having spent a short spell on loan at Swansea in the 2010/11 season.
The young forward, who scored six goals in nine matches for the Swans, is pleased to be back in the country and hopes he can help fire the club back into the Champions League.
"I felt really good because I wanted to come back to England one day. I knew sooner or later I would be back," he said. "Being back with Liverpool is even better because I can show the people what I can do - we've got the Europa League and lots of things to play for."
Borini only moved back to his homeland last summer as, when his contract at Stamford Bridge expired, he joined Parma who paid a small fee in compensation. He was immediately loaned out to Roma where he scored nine times in 24 matches and, after they bought half of his rights in January, the Serie A club secured full ownership, at a total cost of around Â£6million, last month.
Rodgers outlined the reasons why he was so keen to bring Borini to Anfield.
"Fabio fits the model of what we're trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future," he said.
"He's a big talent, 21 years of age, he scores goals, and his passion, focus and concentration is a very important part of his game - and a big part of what you want from a player."