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Taiwo Awoniyi said goodbye to his Union Berlin team-mates on Wednesday as the Premier League-bound striker prepares to become Nottingham Forest’s new record signing, according to BZ Berlin. 

If things had worked out differently, perhaps Awoniyi would not have had to leave Liverpool in order to make his name on the big stage. 

It is no secret that Jurgen Klopp held the young Nigerian in very high regard. And, if it wasn’t for those pesky work permit problems, Awoniyi could have provided back-up to arguably world football’s most star-studded frontline at Anfield. 

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Then again, it’s fair to say £6 million to Union Berlin in the summer of 2021 did Awoniyi’s development the world of good. A striker who would have been little more than an extra in Liverpool’s all-star cast thrived in a leading role in the German capital, scoring 20 goals in all competitions during 2021/22. 

15 of those came in the Bundesliga. Only Erling Haaland, Christopher Nkunku, Anthony Modeste, Patrik Schick and (guess who?) Robert Lewandowski scored more. 

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According to The Telegraph, Awoniyi is set to earn coupon-busting Union a cool £12 million profit, with the 24-year-old on the verge of becoming the most expensive acquisition in Nottingham Forest’s storied history. 

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After missing pre-season medical tests on Tuesday, Awoniyi reportedly bid farewell to his Union team-mates this morning. What’s more, he was conspicuous by his absence as Urs Fischer’s side took to the training pitch for the first time since the end of last season. 

“I saw him,” says Fischer, who has guided unfancied Union into Europe in each of the last two campaigns. “But please don’t dig deeper now. I won’t say anything about that.” 

There is no guarantee that Awoniyi – even at £17.5 million – will still be Nottingham Forest’s record signing come September. Benfica want £30 million for Goncalo Ramos while Morgan Gibbs-White of Wolves will cost at least £20 million. 

Dean Henderson is expected to arrive on loan from Manchester United, though a deal for Moussa Niakhate appears in danger of collapse. 

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