Liverpool are set to allow teenage striker Taiwo Awoniyi to join Dutch club NEC Nijmegen on a loan deal in the summer transfer window. He joined the Reds last summer and was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt.
The Nigerian made 14 appearances in Germany's second division side, scoring one goal in the process. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside club are keen on Awoniyi to continue his development in Europe, which will also help him secure a UK work permit in the future.
Awoniyi's form for FSV has seen him attract European clubs. Several clubs in Germany, along with Portuguese outfit Tondela and Hajduk Split in Croatia were also looking at the option of securing a loan deal.
Peter Hyballa, the Dutch club's coach was at Borussia Dortmund from 2007 to 2010, managing their U19 team. During his time with the Bundesliga side, Jurgen Klopp was the first team manager at Signal Iduna Park in Hyballa's last two years at the club.
The Liverpool manager is aware of Hyballa's abilities to develop a young player as he played a role in Mario Gotze's development at Dortmund. Klopp will be hoping his compatriot can develop Awoniyi, if he joins his side on loan this summer.
On Klopp, Hyballa said, "I've worked with Jürgen Klopp. I was under19 coach at Borussia Dortmund. We worked together very well. He's bigger than me. He has a little more experience and prizes."
Meanwhile, FSV Frankfurt chief Clemens Kruger admitted his side were keen on extending Awoniyi's loan deal. However, the striker seems to be in favour of NEC instead to joining the German club.
"Taiwo is a highly promising player with great potential and his whole career ahead of him. In late summer, 2016 he will participate in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with the national under 23 team of Nigeria. Of course we would like to extend the agreement with Liverpool FC. We will discuss that in time," Kruger told tribalfootball.com.
Danny Ward, Ryan Fulton, Adam Bogdan and Ryan Kent have already left Liverpool on loan deals. Should Awoniyi join the Eredivisie club on loan, he will be the fifth player to leave on loan this summer.