Liverpool have announced the signing of the Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who will immediately head out on loan with FSV Frankfurt. The 18-year-old, who joins the club having previously represented the Imperial Academy in Nigeria, is to spend the rest of the season on loan with the second division German side.
Liverpool are understood to have paid around £400,000 for Awoniyi’s services. He told his new club’s website: “This is the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here. I’ll try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team. When I’m in the red shirt, I will always give my very best to make the fans happy.”
Awoniyi is also a member of the Under-23 team. He has also played for the Super Eagles at the Under-17 and Under‑20 World Cups and earned a call-up for the senior Nigeria squad in 2013.
Meanwhile, English Barclays Premier League club, West Ham United, Tuesday, confirmed the signing of Nigerian international, Victor Moses, from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal; this is just as the player, same day, signed a four-year contract extension with Chelsea.
Moses, 24, had his medical on Tuesday morning before the London club confirmed the signing.
For West Ham, it is the second done deal within 24 hours after hooking Cameroon midfielder, Alex Song, on loan for a second consecutive season.
Moses has already played the last two seasons on loan at Liverpool and Stoke City.
He was primed for a place at Chelsea after an impressive display in their pre-season tour until Jose Mourinho sanctioned the signing of Pedro from FC Barcelona.
However, Moses, has signed a four-year contract with Chelsea and is now due for his West Ham debut against Newcastle United on September 14.
Also, Nigeria international, Brown Ideye has left West Brom to join Greek club, Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old scored just four goals in 26 league appearances for the Baggies after joining in July 2014 from Dynamo Kyiv for a then club-record £10 million, but failed to live up to his price tag at The Hawthorns.
Ideye’s move to the reigning Greek champions was finalised in time for him to be registered in their Champions League squad, where they face Bayern, Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb in Group F.
The Nigeria international, who has 25 caps to his name, fell out of manager Tony Pulis’ plans at West Brom after the recent arrivals of strikers Rickie Lambert from Liverpool and Salomon Rondon from Zenit