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Nottingham Forest clinch Taiwo Awoniyi deal

Nottingham Forest have completed a deal to sign former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

What’s the word?

That is according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter to issue the update.

Romano said: “Nottingham Forest have signed all the paperworks for Taiwo Awoniyi deal with Union Berlin. It’s done and sealed, agreement completed. £17m release clause triggered and Liverpool will receive 10% of the transfer.”

Cooper will be delighted

The signing of Awoniyi is a smart move from Forest.

Lewis Grabban was an important figure for Cooper’s side in the 2021/22 season, chipping in with 12 precious goals to finish the campaign as the Tricky Trees’ second-highest scorer. However, even with his experience, the 34-year-old is virtually unproven at the highest level, having managed just one goal and one assist in 24 Premier League appearances.

Bearing in mind his injury record, having missed 21 games last season due to injuries and illness, he is not reliable enough to lead the line on his own, which is where the signing of Awoniyi comes in.

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With Cooper preferring to go with two forwards up top, he needs sufficient depth in the centre-forward position, with the likes of top scorer Brennan Johnson and third-highest goal provider Sam Surridge the only real established options who can offer a sufficient threat for Forest in the final third.

Awoniyi was on the books of Liverpool for six years and never made a single appearance for the first team, so he will have an extra sense of ambition to show his former club exactly what they are missing.

The Nigerian has just come off the back of a stellar season for Union Berlin which saw him score 15 goals and supply two assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances, so Cooper will be thrilled to have landed such a reliable high-level scorer.

The 24-year-old appears to be an exciting addition to the Premier League, and an even greater addition to Nottingham Forest, who have shown that they mean business with this coup.

In other news: Cooper now given green light for £9m-rated Forest swoop, he’s a Zinckernagel upgrade 

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