Calcio Mercato reports that West Ham United are looking into the possibility of signing Fabio Borini from AC Milan this summer. A bit of contradiction to the situation comes in the form of an already sanctioned €6m permanent transfer move of the Italian striker from Sunderland. After a successful loan spell at the San Siro, it would seem like the 27-year-old could already be on his way back to England if the Hammers come up with a decent offer.
Carlo Ancelotti is also monitoring the forward’s situation from the managerial seat at SSC Napoli. This would definitely be an interesting turn of events if we see Borini put on a different jersey for the 2018/19 season.
West Ham are on the lookout for quality signings after announcing the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their managerial head. The Argentine boss is prepared to replicate his miracle work from his Malaga days with the East London outfit and that would require top-pedigree players.
However, is Borini the right fit into the current Hammers lineup? The strike force is already occupied by the likes of Andy Carroll, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Jordan Hugill and Marko Arnautovic. The latter can be utilised on the flanks but other three are almost traditional centre-forwards.
We have also seen Arnautovic become more effective when handed the striker role in the past season than from the wide areas. Somehow he does not have the pace to take on fullbacks on the run but does have the technical ability and scoring eye to play in the attack.
Borini will only be another one of those additions like Arnautovic, just less capable. The Italian has been fielded in multiple positions over the course of his playing career.
A product of the Bologna Academy, Borini signed with Chelsea to make his first senior debut as a paid professional. He appeared in just 8 games for the Blues before being traded off to Parma. After a series of unsuccessful spells, the 1-time Italy international ended up at Liverpool. Even there he basically flopped with just 3 goals scored in 38 appearances.
The Black Cats took him in for a loan deal and we finally got to witness the 27-year-old’s attacking qualities. Borini became an integral part of the team’s offence, attacking from both the flanks and also central positions to score 17 goals in close to 100 appearances. He, unfortunately, could not help his side escape relegation.
Gennaro Gattuso utilised him almost everywhere on the pitch the last term to dig out 5 goals and 7 assists from him. However, Borini is more effective as a squad player but is not the most prolific.
Pellegrini is known to get the best out of his players and he has done that with ease during his Manchester City days. If he can get a player like Borini at his disposal, he will definitely look to make the most of him and make it a successful move for the Hammers if they go in for him in the summer transfer market.