Nottingham Forest look set to miss out on Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi, according to Football Insider.
The Reds were hoping to sign the player after learning of a £17 million release clause in his contract.
Now, it’s being claimed that a deal could be scuppered, despite the player heading to Greece for talks over the weekend.
Forest are desperately trying to add to their squad ahead of their maiden Premier League season in 23 years.
Strikers are the order of the day, with Keinan Davis returning to Aston Villa and Lewis Grabban yet to finalise his contract extension.
Awoniyi was previously on the books at Liverpool but struggled to obtain a work permit during his time at Anfield.
Now, however, he’s a full international with Nigeria and that aspect wasn’t expected to prove a problem.
The report claims that Awoniyi will reject Forest; amid interest from several other Premier League clubs for his signature.
During 2021/22, the uncompromising warrior showcased his class by bagging 20 goals in the Bundesliga for Union Berlin.
He’s expected to have lots of interest in his services this summer and the latest report suggests he may hang tight.
Forest could miss out on Awoniyi but speculation will rumble on
It’s crucial at this time of the year to not believe absolutely everything that is written.
Nothing against Football Insider of course but this isn’t as of yet a concrete confirmation that Awoniyi to Forest is definitely off.
The striker would be a pretty decent signing to the Forest ranks following his exploits last season.
He is big, strong and ultimately he knows where the net is.
Steve Cooper will be desperate to ensure his squad has plenty of goals in it and Awoniyi would provide that.
Forest won’t be panicking just yet and their recruitment ahead of the new season will see some bumps in the road.
Just because Awoniyi is keen to see what is out there, it doesn’t necessarily mean a deal can’t be revived.
If this report proves to be true it will be interesting to see who Forest target next.