A Liverpool striker currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga has given an update on his future amid links to the famous Glasgow Rangers.
Union Berlin forward Taiwo Awoniyi was linked to both Ibrox and Celtic Park earlier in the season with 90min.com claiming the Old Firm had an eye on the player’s progress.
Those reports claimed that Liverpool want £5m for the Nigerian striker who has never kicked a ball for the Reds because or work permit issues and a lack of caps for the African nation.
Signed in 2015, Awoniyi has been sent out on loan to FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Excelsior Mouscron, Gent, Mainz and now Union Berlin, where he has five goals this season.
Still only 23, the powerful forward will now be looking to find a home to settle in full-time but the striker hasn’t given up hope that this could be on Merseyside.
“Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club,” said Awoniyi [World Soccer Magazine March 2021 p.70].
“I still don’t have the work permit to play in England. But with the new rules in place, and the minutes I have played in Germany this season, no one knows what the future will hold regarding the UK work permit.”
“If I become eligible to play in the UK, I think I can have a say on what my decision will be.
“Things have changed remarkably with the new rules and this will certainly help me decide my next step. Liverpool is a very special club.
“They are always in contact to see how I am doing and to ensure I know that they are following my progress out here.
“It motivates me to know my parent club is following up and have my best interests at heart.
“Presently, I am still a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract, but no one knows what the future holds.
“My dream has always been to play in the Premier League and it’s why I signed for Liverpool.
“I still keep the dream alive but if leaving will facilitate it, why not? At the moment, it is impossible to say what might happen in the future.”
Should Awoniyi really be on the Rangers wishlist and should the player be left with the option of Rangers or Celtic, then perhaps the two Nigerian internationals currently at Ibrox could sway a move.
The Gers currently have two Super Eagles in their camp in the shape of midfielder Joe Aribo and defender Leon Balogun.
Speaking of transfer moves for strikers, there is one forward being linked to Ibrox but one journalist claims a deal for the player is not quite over the line yet, contrary to reports.