Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

The 24-year-old striker has completed his transfer to the City Ground after days of speculation over a move to Trentside. Awoniyi, a Nigerian international, underwent a medical on Thursday June 23 before his move was announced by the club on Saturday morning.

Forest have confirmed Awoniyi’s transfer as a club record fee after the striker’s £17m release clause was triggered by the Reds.

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Awoniyi scored 25 times for Union Berlin after signing from Liverpool in 2021 and will now lead the line for Forest next season.

He’s had several stints at different clubs during his career, with spells on loan at Mouscron, Ghent, Mainz 05 and Berlin before leaving the Merseyside club last summer on a permanent basis without a single appearance.

He now enjoys more permanent accommodation after signing a five-year contract to stay at the City Ground until 2027.

The 24-year-old becomes Steve Cooper’s first signing from the summer transfer window as they prepare for their debut season in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years in August.

Announcing the deal, the Reds said in a statement: “Premier League return side Nottingham Forest have secured Nigeria international striker Taiwo Awoniyi for a club record fee.

“The 24-year-old joins the Reds from Bundesliga side Union Berlin, signing a five-year contract at the City Ground.”

Awoniyi’s arrival is expected to be the first part of an ambitious recruitment program supported by owner Evangelos Marinakis.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson will complete his loan from Manchester United when he returns from his honeymoon. Right and left-backs, a centre-back, a No.10/winger and at least one central midfielder remain on the transfer wishlist.

Djed Spence, Neco Williams, Issa Kabore and Morgan Gibbs-White are the main targets. Head coach Steve Cooper is set to sign an extended contract and the club are hoping to strike a new deal for key forward Brennan Johnson, who has one year left on his contract.

Marinakis has spoken of creating a new history for the club following promotion to the Premier League.

“We will give Steve and his team all the ammunition he needs to be competitive next season and try to not only maintain our position in the Premier League but to perform well because the sky is the limit,” he said. he stated in an open letter to fans.

“In my life, no matter what I’ve been involved in, I’ve always wanted to be at the top. It may seem difficult today, but it will get easier with time.

“Everyone here lives with memories of the past (with this history), but sometimes we don’t see the future because we always talk about the past. Now we have to draw a line and write a new history for this club. Brian Clough has done a lot for this club and made great achievements. 40 years later, Steve Cooper did something similar, even more difficult. We respect our history, but now is the time to write a new history. even brighter.”

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