Liverpool star set for £6.5m move just as Rangers “interest” resurfaces - report
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Taiwo Awoniyi: Rangers-linked Liverpool star set for £6.5m move

Rangers were once again mentioned alongside Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi this week – but days later he’s reportedly set to complete a £6.5m move elsewhere.

The Anfield forward, 23, returned to Merseyside this pre-season after a series of loan moves which have seen him play across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Rangers-linked Taiwo Awoniyi, 23, spent last season at Union Berlin, on loan from Liverpool. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Last season Nigerian striker Awoniyi turned out for Union Berlin and had a solid season in the Bundesliga, scoring five goals and laying on four assists in 22 games.

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According to Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones, he’ll be returning to the German club next season as part of a £6.5m move.

Rangers and Old Firm rivals Celtic were linked to Awoniyi in January by 90min.com with the Gers being mentioned alongside the player once again this summer.

The Liverpool Echo ran a feature on the striker ahead of pre-season with the player – who’s been at Anfield since 2015 but hasn’t played due to work permit issues – apparently hoping to try and force his way into Klopp’s squad.

Predicting minutes for Awoniyi in pre-season friendlies, the report also revealed that Liverpool had turned down a €5m (£4.3m) bid for Awoniyi from Anderlecht this summer.

The Echo claimed that the Anfield club value the striker at £8m with the player having a contract at the club until 2023 but it appears he’s set for a move to Germany.

Alongside Rangers and Union Berlin, Championship side West Bromwich Albion were also mentioned as potentially interested parties.

Despite these links the Gers are sizeably well-stocked in the striking position.

Rangers have Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos, £3.5m striker Kemar Roofe, Swiss international Cedric Itten and veteran player/coach Jermain Defoe on their books.

That hasn’t stopped the club being linked to a host of strikers with Taiwo Awoniyi not the only Liverpool forward who’s been linked with Ibrox.

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