Nigerian former youth international, Taiwo Awoniyi is facing a fresh challenge in his desire for relevance at Liverpool of England, as The Reds are thinking of selling him, megasportsarena.com reports.
Awoniyi has not played a single competitive match for the Anfield side since first signing for them in 2015, as they keep loaning him out, but now they are reportedly thinking of selling him outright.
This comes in contrast with initial reports that the UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medalist could eventually get a surge into the mainframe at Anfield, following his acquisition of a British work permit.
However, instead of utilising the opportunity of the permit to finally catapult the velvety attacker into their squad, the Merseyside outfit now reportedly want to line him up in a double transfer deal this month end.
This much has been gained from a report by tribalfootballl.com that Liverpool aim to raise £17m from the sale of Awoniyi and other fringe player, Marko Grujic.
The report adds at length: “Liverpool are set to sell Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic to Porto for £10.5m and Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin for £6.5m.
“Grujic, 25, spent last season on loan at Porto, making 28 league appearances and eight Champions League outings for them.
“Grujic became Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at the club when joining from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 for £5.1m.
“He has made 16 appearances for Liverpool, while also spending spells on loan at Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and Porto.
“Awoniyi, who joined Liverpool in August 2015, has not featured for the club and was only granted a work permit to play in the UK in May.
“He has been on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron, Gent, Mainz and Union Berlin during his time at Liverpool.
“Awoniyi, 23, scored five goals in 22 games on loan at German Bundesliga side Union Berlin last season (but) Liverpool have negotiated 10% sell-on clauses in both deals.”