By Matt Bullin
Liverpool have agreed a deal with Derby County for forward Sheyi Ojo, according to a reliable journalist.
Times correspondent Paul Joyce reports Derby have a loan agreement with the Reds for the 20-year-old, and it is said the player must now choose between the Rams, Fulham and Middlesbrough.
Joyce made the claim in a message on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
Derby County now have a loan agreement with Liverpool for Sheyi Ojo. Player must choose between Derby, Fulham and Middlesbrough
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 19, 2017
This comes after Sky Sports News claimed on their transfer centre blog (Tuesday 1:43pm) that the Anfield club had agreed to loan Ojo out to Fulham.
It was said he would have to decide on a move to the Cottagers, Middlesbrough or Newcastle.
Meanwhile, the Sun previously reported that the Magpies had made contact over a £10million deal for the 20-year-old.
However, it now looks like Liverpool would prefer to place the player in the Championship.
Ojo joined Liverpool’s academy from MK Dons in 2011, and he has since made 13 appearances across all competitions for the first team.
He is a highly-rated talent at Anfield, but he only featured twice last season.
The 20-year-old has been capped by England Under-20s on five occasions, and he was part of the Young Lions’ Under-20 World Cup winning squad earlier this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Joyce’s report contrasts the one made by Sky Sports on Tuesday, but he is normally a very reliable source for news on the Merseyside clubs. If Liverpool have agreed deals with Derby and Fulham for Ojo, then it is truly up to the player to decide which Championship promotion chasers he joins. The 20-year-old will only benefit from a period playing regular first team football, and he will return to Anfield a better player. Meanwhile, either Derby or Fulham will acquire the services of one of the Reds’ hottest young talents for a season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have completed a deal for this midfield kingpin.