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West Brom: Baggies interested in Taiwo Awoniyi

West Brom: Baggies interested in Taiwo Awoniyi - West Bromwich Albion News

West Bromwich Albion have ‘shown interest’ in Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi, according to a report from The Athletic.

The lowdown

It was reported this month that the Nigerian has finally secured his work permit and can ply his trade in the UK. He joined Liverpool in 2015 but has been unable to play for the club, instead being sent out on loan seven times, most recently to Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin.

Awoniyi has been directly involved in nine goals (scoring five and assisting four) for Urs Fischer’s side, who finished seventh in the table and qualified for the Europa Conference League.

West Brom could be looking to bolster their striking ranks after they confirmed the release of Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin.

The latest

According to Liverpool correspondent James Pearce for The Athletic, the Baggies are among the clubs eyeing a move for Awoniyi.

Their competitors include two Championship rivals in the form of Fulham and Stoke City, with Liverpool willing to let him go for a fee of around £8m.

That would put him just outside in the top 10 in the list of West Brom’s all-time record signings.

The verdict

A fee of £8m seems a little steep for Awoniyi, who is unproven in English football, but perhaps Liverpool could be persuaded to lower those demands.

He is only 23 years old and, having done reasonably well in the German top flight, Albion could be confident of a double-figure haul from him in the Championship if they fend off the competition for his signature.

In other news, Carlton Palmer has set out his expectations for West Brom in the transfer market.

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