Nigeria star secures Liverpool work permit

English Premier League

Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi has reportedly secured a work permit to play for Liverpool, more than five years after joining the club.

Awoniyi, 23, joined the Reds in August 2015, but has spent the last five-and-a-half seasons out on loan at teams across Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands while he awaited receipt of the necessary work permit.

According to Goal, the former Nigeria youth international has now been granted permission to play in the United Kingdom after featuring on 20 occasions in the league on loan with Bundesliga side Union Berlin this season.

However, it remains to be seen whether or not Awoniyi will turn out for Liverpool next season, with West Ham United and Fulham both reported to be interested in an £8 million (R40 million) deal to sign him from the Reds.

Nonetheless, should the Ilorin-born forward turn out for Jurgen Klopp's side, he would become only the second Nigerian player to feature for Liverpool after Victor Moses, although England-born Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo have also represented the club.

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