Liverpool have rejected a €5million (£4.3million) offer from Anderlecht for striker Taiwo Awoniyi but are nonetheless ‘edging closer’ to offloading him, according to David Lynch.
Awoniyi spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Union Berlin after earlier spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Mouscron, Gent and Mainz.
He’s been unable to play for Liverpool, having only recently secured his UK work permit.
The Nigerian was Union Berlin’s third-highest scorer with five goals, and he also contributed two assists (via BBC Sport).
After the £35million signing of Ibrahima Konate for RB Leipzig, it was reported that further Liverpool additions would be contingent on outgoings, meaning how much Michael Edwards gets for Awoniyi’s sale could be important.
‘A number of clubs‘ are battling to sign Awoniyi, and Anderlecht attempted to move to the front of the queue with their bid.
But it fell short of Liverpool’s £8million asking price and was turned down.
There’s also interest from former clubs Union Berlin and Mainz, who unsuccessfully pursued another loan, as well as Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are named as a possible destination, but any move depends on the future of incumbent no.9 Alfredo Morelos.
The 23-year-old’s preference is indeed a move to a club based in Germany or the UK.
Liverpool and Edwards are right to stand firm on their £8million valuation. Awoniyi is a promising talent and with so much competition for his signature, there shouldn’t be a need to compromise.
This is a sale that could take their transfer earnings close to eight figures, with Liam Millar set to join Basel for £1.3million.
You’d think Liverpool’s next addition will be a squad player rather than a blockbuster name, so £10million could be a decent chunk of the necessary outlay.
In other news, fans were buzzing over links to this Englishman.
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