Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is looking to secure a loan move to Italy before returning to Liverpool at the end of the season.

The Italian is currently on-loan at the Black Cats, but has endured a difficult time netting only once in the Tyne-Wear derby against rivals Newcastle.

Borini's agent Marco De Marchi revealed his client will be looking to cut short his spell at Sunderland if his first-team opportunities do not improve with Inter Milan weighing up a bid.

“Does Walter Mazzarri appreciate him? I was in the Inter headquarters a few days ago, but there was no formal request,” he said.

“I can say that if Fabio’s situation doesn’t change in the next month, we could evaluate a return to Italy so that he can find the consistency he needs ahead of the World Cup. Borini would absolutely love to take part in that tournament.

“Liverpool will not let go of the player definitively, so it would still be a loan spell.

"He is a modern striker, has an eye for goal and is appreciated by many in Italy and beyond.”