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Former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi joins Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Taiwo Awoniyi, 24, from Bundesliga side Union Berlin on a five-year deal.

The Nigeria international, who has been capped four times by his country, had a release clause of €20 million (£17.2 million) inserted into his Union Berlin contract.

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Speaking of his move, he 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.

Manager Steve Cooper added: “There’s been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs, and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted that he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.

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“Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months. He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest.”

Awoniyi returns to English football a year after leaving Liverpool on a permanent basis.

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Liverpool will receive 10 per cent of the transfer fee.

Former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi joins Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest, Taiwo Awoniyi joins Nottingham forest
BERLIN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 18: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Awoniyi Taiwo of 1.FC Union Berlin celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Union Berlin and Borussia Dortmund at Stadion An der Alten Foersterei on December 18, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

In 2021-22, Awoniyi scored 20 goals and assisted five times across 43 appearances in all competitions as he helped guide Union Berlin to a fifth place finish, securing a spot in the Europa League.

Awoniyi joins Forest as the club look to strengthen their squad for the upcoming Premier League season, the first time they’ll be competing since the 1998-99 season.

Multiple sources also reveals that Forest have agreed a loan deal for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson as current No 1 Brice Samba remains keen on sealing a move away from the club.

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