Another name has emerged in amongst the few that keep popping up in the transfer rumour columns, and this time it’s a return to a familiar shopping market.
Liverpool’s Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, is said to be a potential target for the Light Blues – according to the Liverpool Echo – and after spending six years on loan waiting for a work permit, ironically, now that he has one to play in England, he has been deemed surplus to requirements and is tipped to leave Anfield permanently.
The Reds blog “Rousing the Kop” revealed exactly how much it would take to sign the Under-23 international and the news is, he wouldn’t come cheap:
“Anderlecht offered around £4m to sign Awoniyi but the Reds said no. It’s going to be £8m or nothing.
“What makes things much easier for Liverpool is that Awoniyi finally secured a work permit this summer. He can officially play in English football, meaning several clubs have eyes on him.
“On top of that, Awoniyi would like to remain in England or move back to Germany, where he’s been on loan for two years. With such rich clubs looking at the player, it does seem likely that one of them pays £8m.”
Awoniyi has two years left on his current Liverpool deal and has a raft of experience across Europe from his loan spells, seeing action in the Eredivisie, Bundesliga and the Belgian Jupiler Pro League where he had his most successful time at Gent scoring 14 goals and creating 7 assists.
Do Rangers need any more players in midfield?
I’d still be surprised to see another striker come in, let alone one for this sort of sum, unless Alfredo Morelos is sold to make room, even then, I’d rather we went for Josh Maja, we could get him for cheaper and he has more experience in British football – it’s a rumour, but, coming out of Liverpool, there could be something in it, although with Union Berlin said to have agreed a fee for the striker, we’d have to move quickly.