Forward heading to England
Nottingham Forest are set to complete the signing of Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi, following the player completing a medical at the newly-promoted Premier League club and a fee being agreed between both clubs – which should stand at around €20 million. Liverpool, who sold the striker to Union in 2021 for €6.5m are also set to earn 10 percent of the transfer fee. Transfermarkt understands that formalities are now complete and the move should be confirmed before the start of next week.
As I understand it, Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi completed his medical at Nottingham Forest yesterday and should be announced later today.
Fee of around €20m, plus 10% kick back to Liverpool – as reported by @FabrizioRomano and others.
— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) June 24, 2022
Forest have been heavily linked with a move for the Bundesliga talisman for some time now, with the young player’s profile rising considerably following an impressive season with the German side. In the 2021/22 season, Awoniyi bagged no less than 20 goals and five assists in 43 games and 15 in the German top flight – placing him sixth among his peers for goals scored. As a result, Awoniyi’s market value shot up from €4.5m when he joined Union up to where it now stands at €20m.
First summer signing – but Forest have big plans ahead of new season
Awoniyi will certainly be a sign of intent from Forest, who make the move up to the Premier League in desperate need of reinforcements if they are to avoid going straight back down. Should the striker make the move for the proposed €20m price tag, he’ll become the tenth most expensive signing in the English top flight this summer. And it seems unlikely that he’ll be the club’s final foray into the transfer market.
If rumours are to be believed, the club are also hot on the heels of Mainz central defender Moussa Niakhaté, Manchester United back-up keeper Dean Henderson and Liverpool right-back Neco Williams. However, it remains to be seen whether Steve Cooper will get the recruits his team will almost certainly need ahead of the new season.