Awoniyi says discussion with coach influenced move to Forest

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has said discussions with coach Steve Cooper influenced his decision to sign for newly promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest.

The 24-year-old has joined Forest on a five-year deal from Union Berlin in Germany’s Bundesliga.

He told the club’s website discussions with Cooper were a key factor in deciding to becoming our first summer signing.

“I feel great,” Awoniyi said. “I feel very happy to be here. Looking at the project, it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

“What stood out about Forest were the meetings with the Head Coach and the discussions we had. I can see how ambitious and dedicated he is to his job.

The Nigerian international netted 20 goals in 43 games across all competitions last season, scoring 15 times in the Bundesliga as Union finished fifth.