West Bromwich Albion have failed in their bid to bring Taiwo Awoniyi to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Neil Jones, with the Goal journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that the Liverpool centre-forward is set to complete a £6.5m move to Union Berlin, with the 23-year-old believed to have undergone a medical with the Bundesliga side on Tuesday.
It had previously been reported that West Brom, along with Fulham, Stoke City and a host of German clubs, were extremely interested in a move for the Nigeria U23 international, however, following Jones’ latest update, an Albion move for the striker now looks to be dead in the water.
Following Mbaye Diagne’s return to Galatasaray after the completion of his loan deal with West Brom at the end of last season, Valerien Ismael does appear to be in need of attacking additions to his Albion side this summer.
And, considering the potential Awoniyi demonstrated during his time on loan at Union last season, the centre-forward could well have made a fantastic addition to the Frenchman’s squad ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign.
Indeed, over his 21 Bundesliga appearances last term, the £4.5m-rated man bagged five goals, provided two assists and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.4 shots and making one key pass per game.
These returns saw the man Mergim Vojvoda dubbed an “excellent” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.62, helping his side secure a highly impressive seventh-placed finish in the Bundesliga.
As such, the 6 foot 4 striker looks to be a rather exciting prospect, and we would not bet against him going on to flourish in the Bundesliga once again next season.
However, this will provide Ismael with no comfort whatsoever, with the 45-year-old now seeming to have missed out on deals for all three of Diagne, Famara Diedhiou and Awoniyi – with the latest setback sure to have left the Baggies boss fuming.