Nottingham Forest confirm the signing of Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi for a club-record £17.5m… with Liverpool set to pocket a £1.75m windfall from their former player’s return to England
- Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of Taiwo Awoniyi on Saturday morning
- The Nigerian international completed a club record deal to move to City Ground
- Former Liverpool striker scored 15 Bundesliga goals for Union Berlin last year
- Reds are expected to earn £1.75m from deal due to sell-on clause in contract
Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of Nigerian international Taiwo Awoniyi for a club record fee on Saturday morning.
The Union Berlin forward is understood to have completed a move in the region of £17.5million – beating the previous record arrival set by Portuguese midfielder Joao Carvalho in 2018.
Liverpool will receive £1.75million from the deal due to a 10% sell-on clause negotiated in his move to Union Berlin in 2021.
Taiwo Awoniyi (above) has completed a club record move to Nottingham Forest
Speaking to the club website, Awoniyi said: ‘I’m very excited to be here at Nottingham Forest.
‘It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and having spoken to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at Forest, with its great history, it’s a club that I want to be part of.’
The former Liverpool striker scored 15 goals to help his side punch above their weight in the Bundesliga last season and has chosen a move to the Premier League, despite interest from RB Leipzig.
The 24-year-old joined Liverpool in 2015 and had loan spells at six different clubs without making the breakthrough at Anfield.
The 24-year-old scored 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions last season
He was previously at Liverpool but will now return to England with Nottingham Forest
Awoniyi becomes Forest’s first international signing since their promotion to the Premier League last month, as the club look to splash out in the summer transfer window.
Forest are thought to have at least £70m available to strengthen the squad this summer to help Steve Cooper establish them in the top flight, as they prepare to compete in the Premier League for the first time this century.
They are still haggling with another Bundesliga club, Mainz, over the price for Moussa Niakhate, with Mainz chasing at least £13m for the defender.
Mainz defender Moussa Niakhate (right) is one of Steve Cooper’s top defensive targets