Mouscron general manager Paul Allaerts has confirmed that his club are interested in securing the services of Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi, who is struggling for game-time at Gent.

Awoniyi, who joined the Liverpool academy in 2015, has been restricted to just 557 minutes of playing time in the Belgian top flight with Gent so far this season.

The Nigerian has yet to find the back of the net in 16 appearances in the competition and has endured a difficult start to his second loan stint in Belgium.

Furthermore, the arrival of Alexander Sorloth on loan from Crystal Palace could make things even more difficult for Awoniyi, who has attracted interest from Mouscron in the same division.

Awoniyi enjoyed a decent spell on loan at Mouscron last season when he netted 10 goals and registered seven assists from his 31 appearances in all competitions.

And Mouscron have expressed their interest through Allaerts, who confirmed the club are eyeing Awoniyi as a potential target to bolster their attacking department.

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"We are very interested in Awoniyi”, Allaerts was quoted as saying by Belgian outlet Voetbal Krant.

"The club need a striker and the player himself does not play too often at Gent.”

Awoniyi, who has represented Nigeria across various age groups, was part of the team that won the U17 World Cup in 2013.