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Sunderland boss Poyet still hopeful of Borini deal

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet remains hopeful of bringing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini back to the club.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and became a fan favourite as the Black Cats reached the League Cup final and avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Poyet is keen to bring Borini back to Wearside and says the club are 'getting close' to a deal.

Poyet 'won't wait forever' for transfer targets

Gus Poyet has warned Sunderland won't wait forever to land their top transfer targets. The Black Cats are chasing permanent deals for two players who enjoyed successful loan spells on Wearside last season - Liverpool's Fabio Borini and Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso. Meanwhile, Sunderland's Under 21's have been at it again. The Black Cats youth team made the difference in last night's 3-0 friendly win at Hartlepool, just as they did at Carlisle 24 hours earlier. Sunderland's Head Coach was proud of his young players efforts at Victoria park.

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Poyet still hunting Sunderland targets

Poyet still hunting Sunderland targets Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is refusing to give up on summer targets Fabio Borini and Marcos Alonso despite a frustrating wait to secure them.

The Black Cats appeared to receive a double set-back in their pursuit of the pair earlier this week when Borini's agent Marco de Marchi indicated that the player's preference was to fight for his place at Liverpool, while a report from Italy suggested Fiorentina full-back Alonso was no longer for sale.

However, Poyet remains optimistic that deals can still be struck for the two men who provided sterling service during loan spells at the Stadium of Light last season.

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Gus Poyet: 'England is our World Cup Final'

The Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told ITV News that tonight's World Cup Cup match between England and Uruguay "is going to be tough", and he is certain the Luis Suaraez, the man who terrorised defences defences across the Premier League during the 2013/14 season will play.

Poyet is a former Uruguay international player and spoke in Brazil where he is providing coverage of the games for ITV Sport:

Poyet given new contract at Sunderland

Gus Poyet Credit: PA

Sunderland AFC's manager Gustavo Poyet has signed a new contract at the Stadium of Light until 2016.

After taking over at the club in October 2013, the Uruguayan led the team to the League Cup Final and finished 14th in the Premier League.

He said: " I am delighted to extend my stay with Sunderland AFC after an unbelievable season and our famous Great Escape.

"Stability is absolutely key to long-term and sustained success for any football club and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability going forward.

“Now it's a different challenge for me and the club and I am relishing the next stage with Sunderland. We achieved so much last season, working together - the club and the fans - and we took many good memories from the season.

"The prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me, and now I cannot wait for the next chapter in my career and the history of Sunderland AFC.”

Sunderland AFC’s sporting director, Lee Congerton said: “We are naturally delighted that Gus has committed his long-term future to Sunderland. Our plans are well underway in terms of summer recruitment and we are working hard to bring new faces to the squad ahead of the 2014-15 season."

Poyet’s backroom team of Mauricio Taricco, Charlie Oatway, Andy Beasley (GK coach) and Antonio Pintus (fitness coach) will continue to work alongside him.

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