Nottingham Forest have stepped up their preparations for a first Premier League season since 1999 by securing deal to sign striker Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin.

Awoniyi has agreed to the transfer after Forest triggered his £17.5m release clause.

The Nigeria international had a six-year spell at Liverpool until last July but did not make a first-team appearance and spent most of it abroad on loan.

Liverpool will get 10% of the fee under the terms of his departure.

The former Mainz player – who scored 20 goals for Union Berlin last season – has had a medical with Steve Cooper’s side ahead of his anticipated arrival.

During the last campaign in Berlin, Awoniyi shone and demonstrated what he could become. He scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga – including just two penalties – and also registered an assist.

Only six players in the division scored more non-penalty goals than him: Robert Lewandowski, Patrik Schick, Anthony Modeste, Christopher Nkunku, Erling Haaland and Serge Gnabry.

Awoniyi made 29 starts from a possible 38, having been deployed as part of a two-man strike partnership. Within the confines of his team’s favoured 3-5-2 system, he acted as a real talisman up front.

He’s quick enough to pose a threat in behind, while also possessing an athletic build which can make him difficult to defend against. Awoniyi has expert close control and he appears reasonably two-footed, scoring five of his 13 non-penalty goals with his weaker foot.

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