According to The Liverpool Echo, Glasgow Rangers are interested in signing Taiwo Awoniyi this summer.
The Lowdown: Gers prepare for new term
The Gers won the Premiership for the first time in 10 years last time out, meaning they will be playing in the Champions League third-qualifying round this season – they will face Malmo.
Steven Gerrard and co have already made two new signings in Fashion Sakala (rangers.co.uk) and John Lundstram, but more new arrivals are likely to be on the cards as the manager looks to build a squad capable of competing with Europe’s elite.
The Latest: Gers linked to Awoniyi
As per this report, the Gers are interested in Awoniyi, who spent last term on loan at Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.
The German outfit remain interested in the Nigeria international, with West Brom also in pursuit.
Liverpool are said to have already turned down a €5m (£4.3m) offer for the 23-year-old, and are instead looking for £8m.
The Verdict: Interesting talent
While Awoniyi is yet to make a single appearance for Liverpool due to work permit issues (Transfermarkt), he has impressed in the numerous loan spells he has had away from the club.
Last term, he netted five goals and provided four assists in 22 games as Union qualified for European football for the just the second time in their history, while he also scored 21 goals in 47 appearances at Royal Mouscron in Belgium.
Just before he signed for the Reds in 2015, Premier League legend Nwankwo Kanu tipped him to have a big future, and he certainly wouldn’t struggle with the physicality of Scottish football judging by a recent photograph from Liverpool training, where he looks like an absolute colossus.
Would you like to sign Awoniyi?
£8m would represent a significant outlay for the Gers. However, Awoniyi has proven he can perform in two different leagues at an early age, including one of the top five divisions in Europe. There is no reason why he couldn’t similarly shine north of the border.
In other news, this man suggests his time at Rangers held him back.
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