Wednesday morning has brought a new report saying that Newcastle United have made an offer for Fabio Borini.

It is claimed that bids of between 10m and 12m euros (£9m-£10.8m) have been received by AC Milan from Newcastle United and a Chinese club.

The report is from TMW in Italy and states that despite the striker’s Sunderland past, Rafa Benitez still wants to take him to Newcastle United.

Whilst there is little doubt Rafa Benitez is desperate to add creativity and goals in January, and will almost certainly have to do it on a very limited (non-existent?) budget, it is very hard to see Fabio Borini fitting the bill.

His Sunderland credentials are the very least obstacles to any transfer to St James Park, despite him scoring home and away for the Mackems when beating Pardew’s NUFC twice in 2013.14.

Last season on loan for AC Milan, the striker started 19 Serie A games and was named on the bench 17 times, scoring two goals and getting three assists.

This campaign, Borini has only started three league matches, playing 304 Serie A minutes in total, scoring no goals and getting one assist.

This is a very very average AC Milan side finishing a distant sixth last season 31 points behind champions Juventus, whilst this season they are already 22 points off the top, back in fifth.

If Fabio Borini can’t get any kind of regular football for them, it is difficult to see him being good enough to transform things for Newcastle in the Premier League.

The transfer story is hardly helped either by the price tag, the striker cost only £5m when signed from Sunderland in June, so how exactly his value has doubled with one assist in six months is anybody’s guess.

I suppose the only thing you can say about any transfer story linked with Newcastle, that Rafa Benitez is likely to have so little money to spend, it is difficult to totally rule out any potential ‘bargain’ transfer.

Borini’s best season in his career in terms of goals, was that 2013/14 season when he scored seven Premier League goals.

  • Ram Kishore

    Porter Martin Dubravka was a second choice at Sparta Prague, did he not transform our team last season.

    How come u r sure that a player who’s in the squad player at AC Milan won’t change our fortunes?.

    There is a more of possibility he won’t be signing for us. Because of the wage that will be offered from the Chinese club if the rumours are to be true.

    • Kenny

      He`s rubbish, thats why & ive seen him play,

      • Ram Kishore

        I’m just keeping a open mind. I have seen him play better than our forwards.

        • Big Al 1967

          I’m 51 and better than our forwards so it doesn’t take much. And for the record I would also be better than Borini both in attitude and ability and that’s with dodgy knees

    • Salty

      Dubrakva played 15 games for Sparta in the season we signed him having signed for them that season so how was he second choice? If having watched Borini you think he’d make a significant difference I’d love to know how. Fact they want to double their money when he can’t get a game is more bizarre

      • Ram Kishore

        I don’t believe the figure or the transfer news but I do keep an open mind about the possibility of him doing well. Maybe he won’t do well. I really don’t know.
        Dubravka was signed as a second choice by Sparta, the first choice was injured which helped him to get a chance after the start of the season. I remember that because it was constantly quoted and referred to when we signed him.
        Everyone including me got surprised that we signed him in Jan

    • Big Al 1967

      The man has played 111 games in the Premier League and scored 16 goals, on average a goal every 7 games. and 5 assists, on average one every 22 games!
      We need another non goalscoring non assist making forward like a hole in the head. We already have our full quota of them

      • Mr_Kinnear

        I think you have just convinced ashley to sign him

      • Ram Kishore

        I am just keeping a open mind.
        I have seen people criticising Rondon, Ki, Dubravka’s signings even before they have signed and performed for us. Anything can happen. He could be another player who doesn’t score or assist OR do well enough to our expectations.

        Just as what is happening now with Ki, Rondon and what happened with Dubs.

        • Big Al 1967

          The man has failed everywhere he has been at the top level., even the scum down the road. Putting on a Black and White shirt is not going to change that,
          There is going to be very little money if any made available in January and under no circumstances can we throw this down the toilet on a player who has failed at the top level .
          Keep an open mind by all means but we need to deal in facts and not blind loyalty

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  • Mrkgw

    The next Joselu. Can’t be true, surely……

  • Mike

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Santa has been and gone and guess wot? he left nowt at St James

  • Paul Patterson

    Not even for free . .

    • Kenny

      Couldn`t agree more, wonder what the last £10m striker Newcastle bought is doing these days

  • robbersdog

    If we pay £9m-£10.8m for a forward who couldn’t score in a brothel, it’ll be one of the worst signings in our club’s history.

    Having Joselu on the books is bad enough, so why would we sign Joselu-lite?

  • Kenny

    If Rafa want`s this player i`ll show my backside in Fenwicks window.

  • Rob

    I wouldn’t swap him for joselu. Another striker that couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo. Need someone at least capable of 12-15goals a season.

  • Toontaff

    I had heard they were doubling the size of the stable at Benton………