Liverpool are due to announce the capture of Nigerian starlet Taiwo Awoniyi today, having beaten FC Porto in the race for his signature, according to reports.
The 18-year-old forward, who currently plays for Imperial Academy in Africa, is set to sign in a deal worth £800,000 - though that figure could rise to as much as £3million with add-ons.
Deal set to be done
That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who also state that the Reds will loan Awoniyi out as soon as his transfer is complete, as they are expecting work-permit issues that will have to be hurdled before he can play in England.
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Both Monaco and Porto were also said to be interested in the young striker, and so Liverpool fans can take pride in the fact that it’s Anfield that will become his home in Europe.
Awoniyi has represented Nigeria at levels from U15 upwards, and has already been handed a call-up to the senior national side despite his tender years.
The striker will become the latest in a string of signings Brendan Rodgers has made this summer, with it having been abundantly clear last term that things needed to change at the club if it was going to prosper.
Awoniyi might not be in the same category as the likes of Christian Benteke and James Milner - in that he isn’t going to slot straight into the first-team - but he’s certainly one to keep an eye on moving forward.
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