Nottingham Forest are close to the signing of Taiwo Awoniyi, The Athletic has confirmed.

The 24-year-old talisman will jet into England today to undergo a medical prior to signing for Forest.

Awoniyi is a former Liverpool striker who has spent the last two seasons playing for Union Berlin.

His work permit issues prevented him from making an appearance for the Reds and last summer they opted to sell him.

Forest close to signing Awoniyi
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His maiden campaign as a permanent Union Berlin star proved a superb one for the powerful player.

Awoniyi fired 20 goals in all competitions and helped the Bundesliga outfit qualify for the Europa League.

His form meant that he had the choice of clubs to choose from this summer.

It’s been suggested that RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and other clubs in the Premier League were all interested.

Awoniyi has chosen to head back to the Premier League though, with Forest now set to secure his signature.

The striker said his goodbyes to his teammates on Wednesday and left the training ground with his belongings.

Now, a new chapter beckons and as a full international a work permit will be easily obtained this time around.

Awoniyi will bolster a Forest squad in desperate need of some new attacking options.

Keinan Davis has returned to Aston Villa, leaving Sam Surridge as the only senior striker on the books.

Lewis Grabban has been offered a new contract and the statement signing of Awoniyi might convince him to stick around.

Forest close to Awoniyi signing and this looks like a coup

At 24, this looks like a remarkable deal made by Forest.

The Reds are getting Awoniyi by activating a release clause worth around £17 million.

Awoniyi is a menace when it comes to showcasing raw strength and he also knows where the back of the net is.

Forest close to signing Awoniyi
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There is more to come from the youngster and he will hope to smash it when he checks in at Forest.

Steve Cooper won’t be done here and many new signings can be expected this summer.

Taking everything into consideration, however, this looks like a great start to the transfer window.

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