Nottingham Forest Close In on £17 Million Striker

Taiwo Awoniyi

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest are close to making their first summer addition, having signed all the paperwork for Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Reds have triggered the £17 million released clause, of which his former club Liverpool will receive ten per cent.

Nottingham Forest Close in On Union Berlin Striker Taiwo Awoniyi

Successful Time in Berlin

Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin only signed Awoniyi from Liverpool last summer in a deal reportedly worth around £6.5 million, which remains a club-record transfer for the German outfit.

The move followed a successful loan spell in the capital in which the Nigeria international netted five goals in 21 Bundesliga matches.

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But the 24-year-old recorded his most lethal season in front of goal after penning a permanent deal, scoring 15 times from just 31 league outings – and 20 in 43 in all competitions – as Union secured Europa League football for next season.

During his time with Union, Awoniyi received his first call up to the Nigeria senior side, where he has since scored once from four appearances.

Journeyman Striker to Return to England

Despite spending six years at Liverpool, Awoniyi failed to make a single appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side as a result of several work permit issues.

Instead, the striker would spend time away from Anfield with seven different loan spells in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

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The return to England would also be a record-breaking signing for Forest as they look to splash the cash ahead of their return to the top flight.

Awoniyi will be a welcome addition to Steve Cooper’s side. The Welshman only has 34-year-old veteran Lewis Grabban and Sam Surridge as regular strikers after Keinan Davis returned to Aston Villa following his loan spell at the City Ground.

In January, the striker was also a reported target for Newcastle United and West Ham but a move to England didn’t materialise.