Swansea City to consider permanent Fabio Borini move

Coca Cola Championship - Burnley v Swansea City

Venue:
Turfmoor
Date:
Saturday, 16 April
Kick-off:
1500 BST
Coverage:
Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales (SW FM), live text commentary online and score updates on BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport website. Watch highlights on Football League Show at 2335 BST on BBC One & BBC iPlayer
Fabio Borini
Fabio Borini joined Chelsea in 2007 from Italian side Bologna's youth team

Brendan Rodgers has revealed Swansea are contemplating a permanent move for Italian Under-21 striker Fabio Borini.

The Chelsea forward has scored three goals in four games during his loan-spell at Swansea and is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Parma are one a number of Italian sides interested in signing Borini if he does not extend his stay at Premier League giants Chelsea but Swansea are keen.

"We can review it at the end of the season," said Swans boss Rodgers.

Swansea are bidding for a return to English football's top-flight after a 28-year absence this season and the Championship's fourth-placed side, who are two points adrift from the automatic promotion places, travel to Burnley on Saturday hoping to crank up their Premier League push.

Borini, who joined Chelsea from Italian side Bologna in 2007, has filled Swansea's striking void since joining on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge in March.

The Swans have struggled to find a suitable targetman since Jason Scotland followed Roberto Martinez to Premier League Wigan Athletic in 2009 but Borini has impressed in his first run of first-team games as a professional footballer.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a dream debut as he scored twice on his Swans debut in a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on 19 March before scoring in a free-kick stunner in Swansea's 3-0 defeat of Norwich City last Saturday.

Rodgers has hailed Borini's work ethic and desire since dropping down to the Championship to boost Swansea's promotion charge.

And the Swansea manager will consider bidding to make Borini's stay permanent in the summer.

"We need to see where we are at the end of the season," said Rodgers, who worked with Borini during his time as reserve team coach at Chelsea.

"Of course I want to bring in good players. And if you're asking is he a good player that would fit into our style and our philosophy then yes he would.

"But he is still a Chelsea player, he is only here on loan, is out of contract and then we can review it at the end of the season."

Borini has impressed in Swansea's lone ranger striking role, arguably their problem position as Gorka Pintado, Marvin Emnes, Frank Nouble, Shefki Kuqi, Jermaine Easter and Guillem Bauza have all tried and failed to replace Scotland as Swansea's regular targetman.

Borini, however, has started every Swans game since he arrived at the Welsh club ahead of striking rivals Luke Moore, Craig Beattie and Stephen Dobbie.

"He has been outstanding," said Rodgers.

"When he came in, I said enjoy your football but enjoy living in Swansea because it is a terrific place - and he has settled in well.

"He is a good boy, very likeable and he works his socks off both in training and in games.

"To score three goals in four games is a terrific effort and he has been a real focal point in that period. He gives everything to the cause and his impact has been massive."

Rodgers hopes Borini's influence on Swansea's side continues when they travel to play-off outsiders Burnley as the Welsh side look to end their away-day blues.

The Swans have lost 10 games on the road this season and have been defeated on their last three successive trips away from the Liberty Stadium.

But Rodgers insists: "Even though we haven't won for a few games, it hasn't affected our confidence."

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