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Report: Three teams make enquiries about Taiwo Awoniyi

Mainz, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion are said to have enquired about the availability of Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

The Nigerian has never played a game for the Reds. He has only just qualified for a UK work permit, despite signing for the club in 2015.

Goal has reported that the club has to make a decision on Awoniyi’s future, with numerous sides interested in signing him.

Liverpool are said to be willing to accept a bid of £8m.

He spent last season on loan at Union Berlin in the Bundesliga, where he was relatively impressive, scoring five and assisting two in 21 matches (16 starts).

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It was his seventh loan away from Anfield, including a spell at Mainz who are now interested in signing him.

Awoniyi has numerous options

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Awoniyi impressed enough last season to encourage numerous sides to look into signing him.

His work permit means that he is free to play for sides in England, which was not the case before.

West Brom and Stoke appear to be interested in taking him to the Championship.

The level could be perfect for a player that has been good for his loan sides but has not set the world alight.

0.46 goals and assists per 90 in the Bundesliga last season was a fine return, especially for a player that is still relatively young.

At 23, next season will be vital in Awoniyi’s development.

Perhaps it is worth loaning him to a Championship side so that he can try and increase his future sell-on value. Liverpool probably wouldn’t get that much for him this summer.

A decent season on loan at West Brom could help him launch a career in England.

It is unlikely to be on Merseyside, but there is clearly potential there.

Liverpool would be mad to not get every penny possible for his services.

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