Taiwo Awoniyi has been linked with both Rangers and Celtic – but he is still dreaming of becoming a Liverpool star.
90Min reported in January that both sides of the Old Firm were looking at Awoniyi and were aiming to the striker this year.
Awoniyi is currently on loan at Union Berlin in Germany, and his performances have seemingly grabbed the interest of Glasgow’s big two.
Liverpool were allegedly seeking £5million for Awoniyi, despite the fact that he has never played a single game for the Reds.
Awoniyi signed back in 2015, but work permit issues mean he has now been loaned out seven times until able to play in England.
The Nigerian has been with FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Excelsior Mouscron, Gent, Mainz and now Union Berlin, but a lack of Nigeria caps mean he hasn’t qualified for a work permit yet.
At 23, Awoniyi needs to be settling down soon, and heading to Scotland – where work permits haven’t been as big of an issue as in England – could make some sense.
The striker added that playing in the Premier League is still his dream, and has shown no real indication that he wants to leave this summer.
“Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club,” said Awoniyi. “I still don’t have the work permit to play in England. But with the new rules in place, and the minutes I have played in Germany this season, no one knows what the future will hold regarding the UK work permit.”
“If I become eligible to play in the UK, I think I can have a say on what my decision will be. Things have changed remarkably with the new rules and this will certainly help me decide my next step. Liverpool is a very special club. They are always in contact to see how I am doing and to ensure I know that they are following my progress out here. It motivates me to know my parent club is following up and have my best interests at heart.”
“Presently, I am still a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract, but no one knows what the future holds. My dream has always been to play in the Premier League and it’s why I signed for Liverpool. I still keep the dream alive but if leaving will facilitate it, why not? At the moment, it is impossible to say what might happen in the future,” he added.