Liverpool are set to recall Taiwo Awoniyi who was on loan to German Side, Mainz after reported interest from European clubs in the Nigerian player.
The Nigerian U-23 forward joined Liverpool in 2015 but spent most of his time on loan because the club couldn’t get him a UK work permit.
Awoniyi was impressive in two stints with Belgian outfit Mouscron where he scored 10 goals in 28 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign, then returned for the second half of last season and netted 11 times in 15 games.
But his spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen and Gent failed to work out.
The 22-year-old will likely return to the English club this month after he failed to shine since moving to Germany last summer having just appeared six times for the Bundesliga strugglers.
In fact, the forward has managed only 150 minutes in total for his club this term.
His situation in the club will likely not improve as Mainz’ main striker Jean-Philippe Mateta has returned to action this winter having been away on injury. This means Awoniyi might find it harder to get playing time.
Liverpool have an option to terminate his loan contract with Mainz but the English side have to make sure there is enough playing time for him.
Besides, other European clubs are gunning to have the Nigeria U-23 international. Greek giants Olympiacos, Ligue 1 trio Montpellier, Brest and Nimes, Turkish outfit Besiktas and La Liga duo Leganes and Real Mallorca are making enquiries on the young player.
Liverpool intend to meet with interested parties soon but are also aware that Awoniyi might prefer to stay in Germany.
The Reds had wanted to take Awoniyi on their three-game tour of the USA in July, as back-up to Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster.
But a thigh injury a week before he was due to report for pre-season stopped that plan and he didn’t return to training until mid-August.
By then Mainz had signed veteran Hungary striker, Adam Szalai who has remained relevant despite scoring just once in 14 Bundesliga appearances.
Mainz return to league action at home to Freiburg on Saturday, but Awoniyi will likely not stay with them until the end of the season.