Napoli goal machine Victor Osimhen has suggested that Nottingham Forest might have pulled off a masterstroke in signing Taiwo Awoniyi.

The £60 million talisman made the claims during an interview with Nigerian outlet the Daily Post.

Forest toppled their club-record transfer fee when they announced the signing of Awoiniyi on Saturday. The United Soccer Academy now Unicorn and Imperial Academy trained lad checked in from Union Berlin for a fee in the region of £17 million.

Last season was a brilliant one for the 24-year-old. He scored 20 goals in all competitions, helping the club claim a place in the Europa League during the 2022/23 campaign.

Osimhen plays alongside Awoniyi for Nigeria. He’s suggested that Forest might have hit the jackpot and has sent some encouraging words to his compatriot.

He told the Daily Post: “I am happy for him. When I moved to Napoli, people said lots of bad things, but it was all wrong.

“Moving to Nottingham Forest shows that he believes in himself. He will still go higher and make bigger moves.

“I believe in Awoniyi completely, and I’m happy for him. He will prove his doubters wrong.”

Awoniyi seems like a confident individual. That should bode well for Forest as they try to be competitive during the next 12 months as a Premier League club.

The first year following promotion is always the most difficult. With the likes of Awoniyi spearheading the attack, however, the Reds might fancy making a few waves during 2022/23.p


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