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Black Cats 'won't wait on Borini' warns Poyet

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has warned transfer target Fabio Borini he is primed to switch his attention elsewhere as the transfer window draws to a close.

Poyet has made the capture of the 23-year-old Italian a priority, but has yet to get the answer he wants with time running out. Borini enjoyed a successful 2013-14 season on loan at the Stadium of Light from Liverpool.

Despite the Black Cats having had an offer, which could eventually amount to €16.9m, accepted, the proposed transfer is yet to materialise. Poyet's optimism is not shared by everyone on Wearside and even the manager admits the time will come when he has to draw a line under his pursuit.

Asked if the club would set a deadline, he said: "I have asked myself many, many times. I don't know to be honest, I don't know if we need to put a date on it or not. I don't know.

"It's a daily thing...If something incredible comes in and we need to make a decision, then I am sure there will be a few phone calls saying 'now or never' both ways."

However, Poyet revealed Sunderland came close to making that decision after just missing out on a deal for Chile forward Eduardo Vargas before he opted to join QPR on loan.

"We were very close to getting Vargas," Poyet said.

"That had us close to making a decision on whether Fabio was coming or not coming."

The Uruguayan will head into tomorrow's home clash with Manchester United encouraged by the changes he has been able to make to his squad and a solid pre-season - luxuries he did not enjoy on his arrival last October.

"I know the players very well, there are no doubts. Last year, I had too many doubts. Now I know exactly the players we have," he said.

"The squad at the moment is very compact and it's easier to control. Everybody knows exactly what we want apart from the new players, who are trying to get used to it very quickly, so it's better for the team."

The Black Cats, who are boosted by the returns of Billy Jones and Santiago Vergini, will host a United side desperate to bounce back from an opening-day home defeat to Swansea.

"It's a difficult game. They have got quality and I am sure they are going to be up for it, they won't let it go past. For us, it's a special day - at home, it's the first game of the season," Poyet said.

"We need to play better than last week and be good on the ball to have a chance."