Fiorentina revive their interest in Emanuele Giaccherini after Gus Poyet confirmed he’s “frustrated” at Sunderland.
The former Juventus midfielder’s last Premier League appearance was on New Year’s Day and his excitement at the move to England is fast evaporating.
“He’s not happy for sure, but he’s a professional. He trains more than anybody and he wants to run more than anyone else,” manager Poyet told the Sunderland Echo.
“I’m sure he’s desperate to have a chance. I think he’s deserved more minutes in the team, but, for some reason, I can’t play him. It’s more me than him. It’s like the situation was with Fabio Borini.
“We’re trying to do things and there’s players in certain positions that I really like and I can’t use him in the manner I want to.”
Giaccherini arrived in Sunderland from Juventus for £6.8m over the summer, but the lack of playing time could well see him return to Serie A.
Fiorentina had already shown an interest in January and it’s reported that could be revived at the end of this season.
The 28-year-old risks missing out on a place in Italy’s World Cup squad.