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'This is the biggest club in the world' - Liverpool fend off competition to sign Nigerian teenager

But he’ll go straight back out on loan for the rest of the season.

Awoniyi is heading to Germany for the year.
Awoniyi is heading to Germany for the year.
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LIVERPOOL HAVE SIGNED teenage Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi but will immediately sent him back out on loan.

The 18-year-old arrives at Anfield in a deal thought to be worth €547,000 and will spend the rest of the season learning his trade with Frankfurt in the German second tier.

He arrives from Imperial Academy in Nigeria with Liverpool apparently beating Porto and Monaco to his signature.

“This is the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here,” Awoniyi told Liverpool’s website.

“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 a current Nigeria U23 international and has also played for the Super Eagles at the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.

He first earned a call-up for the senior Nigeria squad in 2013.

Liverpool also announced that their striker Samed Yesil and midfielder Sergi Canos have both gone out on loan, joining Swiss side FC Luzern and Brentford respectively.

Yesil signed for Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, but has made only two first team appearance.

Canos has agreed a deal that will see him stay at Championship club Brentford until January 3.

The 18-year-old Spaniard, yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool, joined the Reds in 2013 from Barcelona.

The news follows the departure of Fabio Borini to Sunderland earlier in the day.

- © AFP, 2015

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