Liverpool are close to offloading Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi on a permanent deal, according to Liverpool Echo.

The Reds are set to cash in on the 23-year-old who is attracting interest from a number of clubs this summer.

Since he moved to Anfield in August 2015, Awoniyi has not played a competitive game due to work permit issues, and he has been loaned out seven times.

Playing in a top league as the German Bundesliga has since earned him a work permit in the United Kingdom, expanding his options in the region.

Recently relegated Premier League side West Brom are said to be favourites to sign the Nigerian forward.

The forward prefers a club in England or to remain in Germany as Liverpool have already rejected a €5m bid Belgian outfit Anderlecht – managed by former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany.

Mainz, where he spent the 2019/2020 season, have tried to resign him on a loan deal, but the bid has been rejected.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also said to be a fan with the future of his striker Alfredo Morelos still uncertain.

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