Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi has joined newly promoted Premier League team Nottingham Forest for a club record fee of £17.5m on a five year deal after enormous speculation.
The 24-year-old joins the club after scoring 20 goals in 43 games across all competitions last season for Union Berlin and helping the German capital team secure fifth position and qualify for next seasons UEFA Europa League for the first time since 2001/02 season.
“Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm the signing of Nigerian international forward Taiwo Awoniyi for a club-record fee,” the club confirmed on their official website page.
“The 24-year-old joins the Reds from Bundesliga club Union Berlin, signing a five-year deal at the City Ground. Awoniyi becomes Forest’s first international signing since last month’s promotion to the Premier League and he joins following an excellent season in Germany, scoring 20 goals in 43 games across all competitions.
“His 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches also helped Union Berlin secure a fifth-place finish and qualification for the Uefa Europa League for the first time since 2001-02.”
Awoniyi began his professional career at Liverpool in 2015 after his U17 World Cup triumph before having loan spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Mouscron, Gent and Mainz 05.
He joined Union Berlin on loan during the 2020/21 season and made the move permanent last summer.
“I’m very excited to be here at Nottingham Forest,” Awoniyi said following his move to The City Ground.
“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League and having spoken to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at Forest, with its great history, it’s a club that I want to be part of.”