Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is confident the Black Cats will complete their club record £14million signing of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini “in the next few days”. Press Association Poyet told Sky Sports News: “The idea was to have the deal done a few weeks ago, but for different reasons it was impossible, but we are confident that maybe in the next few days we can do something about Fabio. “I’m always thinking that we can add quality players, especially the ones we know, and let’s hope that confidence I am trying to bring to the club is confirmed…with the signing of Borini.” The 23-year-old spent last season on loan with the Black Cats, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. Meanwhile, Poyet is continuing his bid to add reinforcements to his squad with Brighton wide man Will Buckley once again linked with a move to Wearside. Sunderland failed in a bid to prize Buckley away from the Seagulls in January and the 24-year-old is known to Poyet having played under him at the AMEX Stadium. Poyet added: ” Too many things are going on and it is difficult to comment on every single one. “Of course there are a few we know better – in terms of Buckley I know better because we had him at Brighton. “But sometimes it is unfair, you comment on players and say names, I say if I’m interested or not and then it doesn’t happen.” The two clubs agreed a fee four weeks ago, but Poyet’s efforts to convince the player to move to the Stadium of Light have so far been met with frustration. However the Uruguayan has reiterated his desire to seal the deal with the Italian and believes it could be completed before the weekend.
Premier League players could face the prospect of playing games nine days before the start of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.Draft plans have been shared between clubs outlining the Premier League schedule around the tournament, being held from 21 November to 18 December.Fixtures could take place on 12 November and resume on 26 December, eight days after the final. The season would also kick off one week earlier and finish a week later.It means that there would be only six weekends without Premier League games.The issue will be discussed at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting in November.It is understood that Championship games will not take place during the World Cup, but the break for the second tier might not be as long as in the Premier League.Leagues One and Two will continue during the tournament.Any such proposals would clash with national associations’ plans, given they usually allow several weeks for their players to prepare for the tournament.A winter break will be introduced to the Premier League for the first time this season in order to give players a rest.But it has been suggested that will be scrapped in the 2022-23 season, raising questions about player fatigue.UEFA has said a decision on the scheduling of that season’s Champions League and Europa League will not be made until 2021.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram