Forest sign 15 goals from Liverpool striker Awoniyi in a club record deal

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Newly promoted Premier League club Nottingham Forest have broken their transfer record to sign striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

Forest, who have returned to the top flight for the 2022-23 season after 23 years away, reportedly triggered a £ 17.2 million (€ 20 million) release clause in Awoniyi’s Union Berlin contract.

The Nigerian national team player spent six years in Liverpool but only received a British work permit last year, shortly before traveling to Union in a permanent transfer.

Liverpool are reportedly set to receive 10 per cent of the fee paid by Forest for Awoniyi, who scored 15 times in 31 Bundesliga matches last season.

In all tournaments, the striker – who spent the previous campaign on loan at Union and was also linked with Newcastle United – scored 20 goals in 43 appearances.

Awoniyi have signed a five-year deal at The City Ground, strengthening a team that relied on winger Brennan Johnson as their primary source of goals as they came through the Championship play-offs. Johnson scored 18 league goals.

“I’m very excited to be here in Nottingham Forest,” said Awoniyi, whose signature surpasses the club’s previous £ 13.2m record. at Joao Carvalho in 2018.

“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League, and after talking to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at the Forest, with its fantastic history, it’s a club I want to be a part of.”

Awoniyi is widely expected to be followed to Forest by Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

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