In contrast to some reports earlier this morning, Nottingham Forest look to have won the race to sign striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

According to the Nigerian outlet Own Goal, the Reds have agreed on a four-year deal with the Union Berlin striker.

Awoniyi was formerly on the books of Liverpool but he was unable to obtain a work permit to play for the Anfield greats.

He spent time out on loan on several occasions. It was in the German capital where he’s really started to prove his worth, however.

Forest have won Awoniyi race
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During 2021/22 he bagged 20 goals as the team enjoyed a fantastic campaign and qualified for a place in Europe.

Interestingly, the latest report claims that Awoniyi will sign for Forest despite Champions League outfit RB Leipzig showing some interest.

The striker clearly has a desire to return to the Premier League and perhaps he’s keen to show Liverpool what they’re missing.

Awoniyi is an absolute menace of a striker. His brute strength perhaps makes him a sound alternative to Keinan Davis.

Aston Villa are thought to want £15 million for the 24-year-old and that does represent a hefty amount given his unimpressive goal ratio.

Awoniyi is also 24 and now that he’s a full Nigeria international, obtaining a work permit should be no problem at all.

Forest have won Awoniyi race and he could be a shrewd signing

It seems clear that Steve Cooper fancies signing a striker with a big presence to lead the line on his own.

Awoniyi certainly fits that billing and he could prove to be a very useful addition made by the Forest recruitment team.

The striker has just enjoyed a 20-goal haul in a competitive Bundesliga and he will arrive on Trentside with his confidence sky-high.

Forest have won Awoniyi race
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This report does seem more likely than the one earlier that claimed the deal could collapse.

Forest look to have won the race to sign Awonyi and on a four-year deal the Reds will tie him down ahead of his best years.

Cooper needed a striker and in signing the three-cap Nigerian he might have hit the jackpot.

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