Liverpool has managed to ward off interests from Spanish football powerhouse Barcelona, after presenting a convincing deal to keep Nigerian international Taiwo Awoniyi at the club, reports teamtalk.
Awoniyi has garnered plenty of attractions since delivering an impressive display in a Coca-Cola sponsored football tournament in London.
Chelsea, local rivals Tottenham and Qatar-owned Manchester City are equally in the race for the 20-year-old star.
Inter Milan are in the mix too, however, the Reds manage to steal him and have offered him a new five-year deal.
Taiwo who has been capped six times for the Nigerian under-23 side has spent loan stints at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen and Mouscron.
He’s made a huge dent for himself at Mouscron looks set to join French Ligue One side AS Monaco on a two-year loan.
Nice looked like the side to have had him, but a Michael Emenalo effect prised him to Monaco instead.
It is believed the former Chelsea director hugely influenced his move to Monaco, beating Patrick Vieira.
Taiwo joined Liverpool from ex-Wolves midfielder Seyi Olofinjana’s Imperial Soccer Academy for a reported fee £400,000 in three year ago, but has struggled to settle in, with the Merseysiders due to issues related to work permit.
However, the youth star is more concerned about getting those balls at the back of the net and creating many others in the long run.