Agent denies 15-goal striker is heading to West Ham as Liverpool watch on with interest

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West Ham United’s interest in Taiwo Awoniyi has been played down by his agent amid claims that the Mainz striker is a wanted man.

Awoniyi may be a familiar name to some having been on the Liverpool books for a number of years.

The Nigerian striker joined Liverpool back in 2015 but work permit issues meant he never made his competitive debut for the Reds.

Awoniyi was farmed out on loan seven times before finally leaving permanently last summer, joining Union Berlin.

That move has been perfect for Awoniyi as he has racked up 15 goals in 31 Bundesliga games this season – sparking interest in his signature.

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West Ham United’s interest in Taiwo Awoniyi has been played down by his agent

Reports from Goal in April suggested that West Ham were battling Newcastle United in the race to sign Awoniyi.

Bild suggest that there is a €20million (£17million) release clause in Awoniyi’s contract that could be activated this summer.

Liverpool have a 10% sell-on clause on Awoniyi so they will be very interested in any potential summer sale.

However, it sounds like a move to West Ham isn’t exactly in the pipeline as things stand.

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That’s because agent Max Brommer has told Soccernet in Nigeria that rumours of a move to West Ham are ‘definitely not true’.

Brommer added that am one to the Premier League is a definite option for him but it ‘will take time’.

West Ham do need some support for Michail Antonio up top; they still haven’t even replaced Sebastien Haller almost 18 months since selling him.

Awoniyi fits the bill as a quick and very strong striker just like Antonio, so it’s understandable that West Ham are keen.

Brommer has left the door open for Awoniyi to head to England, but he seemingly isn’t expecting a move to West Ham any time soon.

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