Report: Awoniyi snubs Tottenham for new five-year Liverpool contract

Nigeria's Awoniyi (R) fights for the ball against Sweden's Sonko during the two teams' semi-final in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Dubai's Rashid Stadium, on November 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Liverpool are reportedly set to keep hold of striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

Nigeria's Awoniyi (R) fights for the ball against Sweden's Sonko during the two teams' semi-final in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Dubai's Rashid Stadium, on November 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO

According to TEAMtalk, Liverpool have convinced striker Taiwo Awoniyi to snub rival interest and sign a new five-year contract at Anfield.

The Reds swooped to land Awoniyi in 2015 after impressing for Nigeria at youth level, as he has 11 goals in 17 outings for Nigeria at Under-17 and Under-20 levels.

Awoniyi has been sent out on loan so far, firstly with FSV Frankfurt and then NEC Nijmegen, before spending last term with Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, hitting 10 goals in 31 games.

The striker hasn't been able to get a work permit so far, and TEAMtalk report that Liverpool will again loan him out this season, after he has penned a new five-year contract with the club.

Liverpool allegedly feel that Awoniyi, 20, is 'something special' and have moved to secure his future until 2023, amid strong interest from England and abroad.

It's claimed that Tottenham Hotspur – as well as Chelsea and Manchester City – were looking to snap up Awoniyi, whilst Barcelona and Inter Milan were also ready to move.

Taiwo Awoniyi (R) of Nigeria vies with Solomon Wbias of Mexico during the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 football match Mexico against Nigeria at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, on November 8, 2013...

However, the powerful forward will be a Liverpool player for years to come, and the Reds will be hoping that he can become a first-team player once he receives a work permit to play in England.

Nigerian player Awoniyi celebrates after the team won the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 against Mexico at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, on November 8, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nigeria won the...

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