Nottingham Forest are set to make Taiwo Awoniyi their first summer signing, John Percy of The Telegraph has confirmed.
The Reds have held talks with the talisman and he’s set to become the first new addition of the Premier League era.
Awoniyi will join for a fee in the region of £17 million, smashing the club’s transfer record in the process.
He will check in from Union Berlin where he found the net 20 times during the 2021/22 campaign; helping the club into the Europa League.
The 24-year-old was on the books at Liverpool having joined in 2015 but he failed to earn a work permit to make an appearance at Anfield.
It’s thought, however, that Jurgen Klopp remains a huge admirer and believes he can make an impact in the Premier League.
Awoniyi has played for several clubs across Europe but it’s at Union Berlin where he’s started to showcase his class.
The striker boasts brute strength when leading the line and he looks a decent alternative to Keinan Davis.
Forest have moved to sign Awoniyi after being quoted £15 million by Aston Villa to complete the permanent capture of Davis.
Awoniyi will check in on Trentside with his confidence sky-high after a stunning campaign last term.
Forest to make Awoniyi their first signing and more will follow
This is an exciting time for Forest and this will be just the start of a busy summer for the Reds.
More players will follow in the coming weeks. Dean Henderson from Manchester United and Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate are two others firmly in the pipeline.
Awoniyi definitely strengthens their Reds in the final third.
Strikers are in short supply in Steve Cooper’s squad and the ex-Liverpool man will bolster the ranks considerably.
The Reds head coach loves having strong strikers in his ranks and Awoniyi could prove a real menace to Premier League defenders.
This looks like an exciting update by The Telegraph and it’ll be interesting to see who else arrives this summer.