Futbalgalore.com can confirm Taiwo Awoniyi has joined FSV Mainz 05 on loan until the end of the season, subject to a completed medical and international clearance.
The striker will remain with Jürgen Klopp’s former club for the duration of the 2019-20 campaign after the transfer was agreed on Tuesday.
Awoniyi has endured a frustrating spell since making the move in August 2015, with work permit issues resulting in the 21-year-old’s career on Merseyside stalling, being loaned out to four different clubs during that period as a result.
He has been sent out to Royal Excel Mouscron, FSV Frankfurt, NEC and Gent since making the switch to the Reds.
The youngster’s struggles to obtain a work permit come as a result of the difficulties non-EU players face, with footballing hopefuls first needing to demonstrate their worth on the international stage, something Awoniyi is yet to do with Nigeria.
There has been plenty of interest in 21-year-old Awoniyi, however, and with good reason. The young Nigerian spent last season on loan at Mouscron in Belgium and he scored 14 times in all competitions.
And, who knows, perhaps Awoniyi will thrive in Germany and return 12 months later ready to force his way into Klopp’s first-team plans. Natural centre-forwards are in relatively short supply at Anfield after all.