West Bromwich Albion are interested in a deal to bring Taiwo Awoniyi to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Goal, who claimed that the Baggies, as well as Stoke City and Mainz, are keeping a close eye on the situation of the Liverpool centre-forward ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
An earlier report by the same outlet stated that Jurgen Klopp’s side would be open to parting with the 23-year-old this summer, with the Reds valuing the Nigeria under-23 international at a figure of around £8m.
Considering just how much potential Awoniyi appears to possess, it is unsurprising to learn of Valerien Ismael’s interest in the young Liverpool forward.
Indeed, while the striker is yet to make an appearance for the Reds’ first team since arriving at the club from Imperial Academy all the way back in 2015, something which is largely down to the lack of a UK work permit until this summer, the 23-year-old has impressed over a number of loan spells away from the club, particularly at Union Berlin last season.
Over his 21 Bundesliga appearances for Urs Fischer’s side in 2020/21, the £4.5m-rated man scored five goals, registered two assists and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking 1.4 shots and making one key pass per game.
These returns saw the Nigerian, who former team-mate Mergim Vojvoda dubbed an “excellent” player, earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.62, playing a huge part in Union securing a highly impressive seventh-placed finish in the Bundesliga as the club qualified for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League next season.
As such, with Ismael known to be a fan of young, exciting and hungry players – as can be seen from his signings at Barnsley – the £7,600-per-week man would very much appear to fit this bill. That leads us to believe that the transfer of Awoniyi is one the Frenchman must do everything he can to complete this summer, as the 23-year-old could go on to thrive at The Hawthorns under the new Albion manager.