English club eye loan-to-buy deal for Liverpool centre-back - report
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has been offered a route of Anfield by second tier side Reading, according to a report.
The Guardian has claimed that the Championship side are eyeing a loan-to-buy deal for the 23-year-old Reds centre-back.
It is stated that the Merseyside giants are open to a deal for the young Portugal Under-23 international with the player out of Jurgen Klopp’s first team plans.
Ilori joined Liverpool in the summer of 2013 from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for a £7million fee.
However, he has struggled to get into the Reds’ team and he has played just three times during his three years at the club.
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He spent the first half of the last campaign at eventual relegated side Aston Villa where he failed to make a single appearance, which signalled to Liverpool that he wasn’t good enough.
A loan-to-buy deal would now be a safe option for the promotion chasing Reading side.
Jaap Stam’s side are currently sat in third place in the league table, but they have the worst defensive record out of the top seven sides with 32 goals conceded from 24 league fixtures.
It is thought that the Royals may be able to negotiate a cheap permanent fee with Liverpool for Ilori as his value is expected to plummet in the summer as he enters the final year of his contract.
Football Insider verdict:
Ilori is clearly not good enough for Liverpool and he hasn’t even shown enough to say that he would be good enough for a side in the Championship. The Hampstead-born defender has been a huge flop so far in England. However, Stam was a centre-back in his playing career and he may see some form of a player in the still relatively young man. But, he will never be good enough for a club of Liverpool’s stature or the direction that they are heading and Klopp must now offload him as he looks to improve the Reds’ defence himself.
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