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Forest sign Nigeria striker Awoniyi from Union Berlin

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Nottingham Forest have paid a record fee of around £17m ($20m) to Union Berlin’s Nigeria striker Taiwo Avoni.

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Avoniy has signed a five-year contract with Forest, who are preparing for their first season in the Premier League since 1999.

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The 24-year-old scored 20 goals in 43 games in all competitions in his final season in the Bundesliga.

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He became the first senior player to sign with Forest after their victory over Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final.

“Taiwo is showing a lot of interest from other Premier League clubs and other clubs across Europe, so we are delighted that he has chosen Nottingham Forest,” said Forest boss Steve Cooper.

“He is a player we really believe in and we can’t wait to see him fulfill his potential and become the best striker in the Premier League with Nottingham Forest.

Avoni began his professional career at Liverpool before leaving last July, but has not played for the Reds in the first team and has been loaned out several times.

Under the terms of his departure, Liverpool will receive 10% of the fee.

Avonia’s 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches helped Union Berlin finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League for the first time since the 2001–2002 season.

“I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and after talking to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at Forest with their great history, I realized that this is a club that I want to be a part of,” said Avoni.

Avoniy won the first of three caps for Nigeria against the Central African Republic last October and scored his first goal against Sudan in January at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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