By Adefunmiloye Alani

20th Jul, 2021 | 10:00am

West Brom handed blow with Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi joining Union Berlin

West Brom want to sign Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi ahead of next season, but he is set to join Union Berlin.

According to Goal, the Reds have already held initial discussions with the Baggies and other suitors in a bid to sell the 23-year-old.

However, Goal journalist Neil Jones has reported that the German side have won the race for the Nigerian, with a £6.5million deal sealed and medical taking place later today.

He posted on his personal Twitter account this morning:

With Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin out of the Hawthorns, and Mbaye Diagne back with his parent club, we are currently left with Callum Robinson, Karlan Grant and Kenneth Zohore as our striking options.

West Brom surely need to get in another striker this summer to boost our chances of clinching an immediate promotion, but it is not likely that we are ever going to spend £6.5million on one unproven in England.

Awoniyi has had to make do with loan spells since joining Liverpool in 2015 and was only recently granted a UK work permit.

He was not particularly prolific at any of the six clubs he joined temporarily, scoring 34 goals in 137 games across the spells.

Nevertheless, the Nigeria under-23 would have fancied his chances in the Championship had West Brom come calling.

Awoniyi looks like a striker capable of fitting into the style of play of head coach Valerien Ismael, but that name has now been ruled out.

The Frenchman knows he needs to sell Matheus Pereira and Sam Johnstone to boost our transfer coffers this summer, and that needs to be done as soon as possible.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies player rejects new contract, set to sign for PL club.

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