Date: 6th December 2018 at 4:53pm
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Newcastle United have run the rule over AC Milan striker Fabio Borini ahead of the January transfer window, according to Tuttomercatoweb

The Italian football outlet report that the Magpies have ‘done a survey’ in the last few weeks on the 27-year-old Italy international, who used to play on Wearside for bitter rivals Sunderland.

TMW claim that Milan are not averse to letting Borini leave in the January window, and would consider any offers that do come in for the striker.

OPINION

This would be an interesting move to say the least for Newcastle, and not one that many fans will welcome. Borini’s connections with rivals Sunderland mean that some supporters will be extremely averse to such a move taking place, although they do already have two players in their ranks who used to play for the Mackems in DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo. Another issue here is whether this is a move worth making for the Magpies, regardless of his Sunderland connections. Borini is not exactly in brilliant form, with just one goal and one assist in eleven appearances in all competitions. Admittedly the majority of those have come from the bench, but those numbers are not exactly inspiring. If Newcastle are to bring in a striker in January, that player needs to be prolific, and able to perform in the Premier League. While Borini did have some good spells on Wearside, he did not prove that he has what it takes to compete in the top-flight at the level required.