West Ham United could bolster their attacking options with a move for Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to journalist Christian Falk, who revealed in a recent post on Twitter that West Ham are interested in a deal to bring Awoniyi to the London Stadium this summer, while fellow Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Southampton are also said to be tracking the forward.
The 24-year-old won’t come cheap, however, with the German side putting a release clause of €20m (£17m) in his contract in order to deter any potential suitors.
In his tweet, Falk said: “TRUE. West Ham, Newcastle and Southampton are interested in Taiwo Awoniyi. The FC Union striker has a release clause of €20m.”
David Moyes has done a sensational job at West Ham since taking over from predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, leading the Hammers to an unlikely top-four charge and working wonders in the Europa League – reaching the semi-finals of the competition this season.
The lack of firepower at his disposal has made this all the more special, but relying on Michail Antonio won’t work in the long run and a move for Awoniyi should be prioritised ahead of the summer transfer window.
With 18 goals in 39 matches in all competitions, the Nigerian international certainly has all the skills required to score regularly at the highest level of the English game, with his performances having led to journalist Lolade Adewuyi describing him as Union Berlin’s “unicorn“.
It really is a no-brainer in signing the player, the fee is certainly affordable considering just how well the side has done this season, while the prospect of seeing Awoniyi potentially line up alongside Antonio will certainly be an extremely exciting thought for the London Stadium faithful.