Swansea City look set to miss out on a reunion with Fabio Borini, amid reports from Turkish outlet Sarikirmizi that the striker is set to link up with Goztepe in the Turkish Super Lig.
Borini is currently a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Italian outfit Hellas Verona at the end of last season, and was recently linked with a move back to Swansea, with reports last month claiming the Championship side were in talks over a deal for the 29-year-old.
The Italian previously spent time on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Chelsea during the 2010/11 season, scoring six goals in 12 appearances to help the club win promotion to the Premier League, although a return to Wales now appears unlikely.
According to this latest update, Borini is now close to signing for Goztepe, with his search for a new club now seemingly drawing to a conclusion, meaning Swansea could be left disappointed here.
As things stands, Goztepe are currently 14th in the Turkish top-flight, with eight points to their name from seven league games so far this season.
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This will no doubt be somewhat frustrating for Swansea.
Given the impact he made the last time he was at the club, a new deal for Borini would surely have been a popular move amongst many around the club.
Indeed, it could also be argued that he could still have done a useful job for Steve Cooper’s side, although they do still have options upfront with the likes of Andre Ayew, Jamal Lowe and Viktor Gyokeres.
As for Borini, you can’t blame him for looking elsewhere if no deal with Swansea seemed likely to arrive, given the desire he will have to get back to playing football, and the need there is to earn a wage in such a difficult global situation.