German outlet Bild has reported that Union Berlin want at least £21 million for their striker Taiwo Awoniyi. Newcastle United, Southampton and West Ham United all are interested, according to the same report.
Last summer the Nigerian international was sold to Union Berlin by Liverpool. He had previously played there on loan the season before. Awoniyi has 12 goals to his name this season and is one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga.
At 24-years-old, Awoniyi is one of the most exciting strikers in Europe currently. Liverpool has a 10% sell-on clause for the forward, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Awoniyi is keen on a Premier League return, for playing and personal reasons
The Nigerian joined Liverpool back in 2015, he was at the club for six years. So he’d like to prove to his former club they were wrong to sell him.
A move to Newcastle and success there would certainly do that. The Magpies are certainly in need of more options in terms of strikers. Chris Wood is their main man at the moment with Callum Wilson out injured. Meanwhile, Dwight Gayle has hardly had a sniff in recent times.
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However, a move to a Premier League would be ideal for Awoniyi for personal reasons too. His wife and child still live there as well as a couple of his siblings.
He told Kicker, “The Premier League is my dream. Everyone knows that, including here in the club.
“If I lived in England, it would be easier for my wife and child, just by myself because of the language. Also, my sister and a brother live on the island.”
Newcastle certainly has the financial advantage over both West Ham and Southampton. But the Hammers could have Champions League football next season, which would make their offer even more attractive.
Awoniyi certainly has a lot of excitement around him. Newcastle may look elsewhere at more proven options upfront. But he’s an option worth considering.