Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi for a club-record fee reported to be around £17million.

The 24-year-old moves to the City Ground from Bundesliga club Union Berlin on a five-year deal.

Awoniyi, who scored 20 goals in 43 games in his last season in Germany, becomes Forest's first international signing since gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

Awoniyi began his professional career at Liverpool in 2015 before having loan spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Mouscron, Gent and Mainz. He subsequently joined Union Berlin on loan during the 2020-21 season and made the move permanent last July.

Forest head coach Steve Cooper said: "There's been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs and other clubs across Europe, so we're delighted that he's chosen Nottingham Forest.

"Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months.
"He's a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest."