Anfield side could elect to accept Black Cats exchange offer.
Liverpool could be set to make the most of Everton’s hesitation over a projected move to bring Sunderland winger Adam Johnson to Goodison Park according to the Daily Express.
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Roberto Martinez had displayed an interest in the 26 year old England man, who finished as the Black Cats top-scorer and leading assist maker last term, but a lack of a formal offer could allow Brendan Rodgers the chance to swoop.
With Stadium of Light boss Guy Poyet keen to bring in loan signing Fabio Borini on a permanent basis this source claims a deal could be struck that would see the two players swap sides.
The young Italian had an excellent season at the north-east side, playing a key role in the club’s miracle escape from almost certain relegation and helping Sunderland to the Capital One Cup final. However he does appear to be surplus to requirements at Anfield and as such could be used as a bargaining tool if Rodgers wants to sign Johnson.
Having opted against bringing in either Aly Cissokho or Victor Moses, who were on loan at Liverpool last season, Rodgers would appear to still be keen on bringing in a wide attacking option and Johnson may be the right man for the job.
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