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Nigeria forward Taiwo Awoniyi has revealed the reason he joined Nottingham Forest.

The former Union Berlin joins the newly-promoted English Premier League for a club-record fee worth £17.5m, making him Nottingham Forest’s first international signing of the summer.


Following his move to The City Ground, Awoniyi, 24, told the club’s official website:

I feel great. I feel very happy to be here. Looking at the project, it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

What stood out about Forest were the meetings with the Head Coach and the discussions we had. I can see how ambitious and dedicated he is to his job.

My dream is to always keep working and I see him as a person who I can develop under.

For me, it’s always about hard work, dedication and believing in God. When I look back at the games with Union Berlin, it was always about the team for me.

When I look at Forest and look at the history of the club, it’s even more about the team. This is the kind of place I love to belong to and I am ready for it.

Every striker wants to score goals, but I’m ready to work for the team, to fight for every ball, to win every challenge, that’s my style and that’s what I’m here for.

Forest manager, Steve Cooper added:

There’s been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs, and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted that he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.

Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months. He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest

Awoniyi began his professional career at Liverpool, signing for the Merseyside club in 2015 before having loan spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Mouscron, Gent and Mainz 05.

He joined Union Berlin on loan during the 2020/21 season and made the move permanent last July.

Awoniyi scored 20 goals in 43 games across all competitions last season. His 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches also helped Union Berlin secure a fifth-place finish and qualification for the Europa League for the first time since 2001/2002.

By Amara

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