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Official: Liverpool Sign Nigerian Striker Starlet

Liverpool have beat Porto and Monaco to the signing of Nigerian youth striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who now heads out on loan to FSV Frankfurt in the hopes of earning an English work permit.

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While he won’t play a role for the club this season, Liverpool have signed a promising name for the future today in striker starlet Taiwo Awoniyi. The 18-year-old arrives from Imperial Academy in Nigeria for a £400k fee and due to work permit issues he has been loaned immediately to FSV Frankfurt in the 2.Bundesliga.

"It’s the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here," said Awoniyi of signing for Liverpool. "I have lots of friends in England so I believe I can cope with switching over. I see myself being a good player here. I’m a striker and I love scoring goals. I love helping my team to victory. I assist a lot and I love scoring goals for my team."

The hope will be that through his performances in Germany and, hopefully, for the Nigerian national team, Awoniyi can develop to the point where he will qualify for an English work permit. So far, the striker has been a regular starter for Nigeria at every youth level, including with the U23 side that are expected to compete at next summer’s Olympics.

"My aim on loan," added Awoniyi, who was also targeted by Monaco and Porto, "is to try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team."

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