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Awoniyi Returns to England with Nottingham Forest

Liverpool to collect windfall after Nottingham Forest break transfer record for lethal striker Taiwo Awoniyi

Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi Credit: PA Images
Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi Credit: PA Images

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awonoyi in deal worth over 17 million pounds.

The Nigeria international, 24, joined Liverpool for just £400,000 in 2015. However, persistent work permit issues laid waste to any hopes of ever making his mark at Anfield.

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Indeed, upon leaving for Union Berlin last summer, Awoniyi had never made his Liverpool debut.

The German side forked out £6.5m for his services after doing enough to impress while on loan the season prior.

That proved to be an inspired decision after Awoniyi took giant strides forward last year.

Awoniyi bagged 15 goals in 31 matches in the Bundesliga. His season tally across all competitions read 20 goals in 43 appearances.

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His exploits quickly attracted the attention of Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest. Steve Cooper’s side were hunting a reliable goalscorer to lead their line and per Fabrizio Romano, they’ve found it in Awoniyi.

The transfer guru tweeted Awoniyi’s £17m release clause has been triggered and all the necessary paperwork has now been signed.

However, it appears that both parties have concluded, as reputable transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Awoniyi has put pen to paper to join Nottingham Forest this summer.

“Nottingham Forest have signed all the paperwork for Taiwo Awoniyi deal with Union Berlin. It’s done and sealed, agreement completed,” Fabrizioposted via his Twitter page.

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“£17m release clause triggered and Liverpool will receive 10% of the transfer.”

Awoniyi was in Liverpool’s books for six years but he was unable to feature for the Merseyside giants due to work permit issues.

However, he would look to take hisBundesliga form to the Premier League and prove a point to his former employers


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