By Will Butcher
Liverpool have offloaded defender flop Tiago Ilori to Championship side Reading for £3.75million, according to a reliable journalist.
The Times correspondent Paul Joyce revealed on his personal Twitter account that there is a 35 per cent sell-on clause included in the deal, which could see Liverpool receive a substantial sum in the future if Ilori leaves Reading.
Tiago Ilori completes £3.75m move to Reading. Liverpool get 35pc of any sell on fee
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 9, 2017
Signed from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £7million in September 2013, the 23-year-old has featured just three times for the Merseyside giants.
Liverpool’s number 26 moved on loan three times during his stint at Anfield, in which he joined La Liga side Granada, French outfit Bordeaux and Aston Villa last season.
With the likes of Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva all ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order, Ilori has decided to jump ship by joining Jaap Stam’s promotion-chasing side.
The Portugal Under-23s international could now go straight into the Reading side to face QPR on Thursday, as Stam looks to mastermind his side’s 15th Championship win of the season.
Ilori will have to contend with the likes of Paul McShane, Liam Moore, Tyler Blackett and Jake Cooper for a place at the heart of Reading’s defence.
The incoming cash could see the Reds reinvest this month, with manager Jurgen Klopp potentially on the lookout for new recruits after a number of injuries to his first-team stars.
Football Insider verdict:
The move for Ilori is a good one, as he finally looks to get some first-team football. With former Manchester United stopper Stam as his mentor, Ilori could reach the potential that he had first promised when arriving at Anfield at just 20 years of age. Liverpool have also benefited from the move, by doing well to recoup as much as £3.75million for a player that made just three cup appearances during his stay with Klopp’s side. If Ilori can hit the heights that were first promised, then his transfer value will only rise and a future move could see the Reds profit handsomely with the 35 per cent clause included in the contract.
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