Nottingham Forest sign Taiwo Awoniyi for a club record

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Nottingham Forest have signed Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin for a club record £17m fee.

Awoniyi joins newly promoted Forest to the Premier League on a five-year deal.

The 24-year-old scored 20 goals in 43 games across all competitions last season.

“Having spoken to [Forest boss] Steve Cooper (Forest manager) about our ambitions and looking at Forest, with its great history, it’s a club that I want to be part of,” Awoniyi said.

“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League.”

After a season-long loan, Awoniyi joined Union Berlin on a permanent deal in July 2021 from Liverpool before now joining Nottingham.

Cooper said Awoniyi was a player the club had been monitoring closely over the past few months:

“There’s been a lot of interest of Taiwo from other Premier League clubs, and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.”

“He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest.”

Awoniyi was the Bundesliga’s sixth highest scorer last season and he helped Union Berlin to a fifth-place finish, which guaranteed the club Europa League football for the first time since 2002.


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