Goal.com has announced that Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been given a work permit in the United Kingdom for the 2021-22 season. And the Reds have already received interest from at least seven clubs in a summer transfer for the Nigerian, with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion among those interested. Read more about Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi here.
Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi
Awoniyi joined Liverpool in 2015 but has spent the previous six years on loan at several different clubs around Europe. He has played this season in the Bundesliga with Union Berlin. Following a lengthy application process, Awoniyi and his family were reportedly awarded UK work permits this week.
If the chance arises, the 23-year-old will be able to resume his career in England. While several first-team players are abroad on international duty at the European Championship and Copa America, Liverpool intends to include him in the first part of their pre-season program, allowing him to eventually practice with Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad and maybe participate in some friendly matches.
Following that, a transfer or loan move seems to be the most possible choice. Goal.com has heard that the Reds have had preliminary talks with three English clubs – Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, and Stoke City – as well as Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, and Union Berlin in Germany.
Liverpool has recently turned down a £5 million ($7 million) bid from Belgian giants Anderlecht, who are still involved, and it is thought that Awoniyi is valued at about £8 million ($11 million) by the Reds, based on his promising appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
Awoniyi was signed by Liverpool in August 2015 for a fee of around £400,000. He was first seen competing in a Coca-Cola competition in London, with the final held at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
Former Stoke and Wolves midfielder Seyi Olofinjana was the one who first saw his promise. Awoniyi spent four years at Olofinjana’s Imperial Soccer Academy in Nigeria before moving to Europe. He was a member of the Nigerian youth team that won the U17 World Cup in Dubai in 2013. Kelechi Iheanacho, now of Leicester, was Awoniyi’s strike partner in that team. The two remain close friends to this day.
He was first seen by Liverpool while competing in the U20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015. Awoniyi was supposed to go on trial with Kalmar in Sweden, but he later transferred to Merseyside.
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