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Liverpool have agreed a £12million fee to make Fabio Borini the first signing of new boss Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield revolution.

The Italian is expected to complete the move by the weekend, after the deal was sealed when the English club offered Roma a swift profit on their investment in the young striker.

It is something of a coup for the Reds and their new manager, with Borini considered the rising star of Italian football, after a fine first season in Serie A concluded with his inclusion in the national squad for Euro 2012.

Rodgers knows the 21 year old well, after first coaching him in the Chelsea youth team, and then taking him on loan at Swansea – where he had a dramatic impact by helping the Welsh club to get promoted to the Premier League.

Borini was regarded as a rich prospect by Chelsea who signed him from Bologna as a 16-year-old, but they lost him to Parma last summer, when he exercised his right to move after reaching the end of his contract.

But before even kicking a ball in anger for Parma he was loaned out to Roma, who then bought a half stake in the striker after he impressed in the early part of the season.

Borini produced a strike rate of one goal in two games to win his first Italy cap and secure his place in the squad for Euro 2012.

Rodgers feared his move for the young forward would be scuppered by the complications of joint ownership, but Roma removed that hurdle by buying out Parma, to take their investment in the player to close on £6million.

Now the Reds have agreed to double that fee to ensure Rodgers gets the striker he wants to get his Anfield revolution off to a flying start.

The arrival of Borini could signal the end of Andy Carroll’s Liverpool career, with the big striker likely to be loaned out to AC Milan, though West Ham have also expressed an interest in the centre forward.

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