Liverpool set to complete centre-back deal in the next 24 hours - reliable journalist
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori is set to complete his move to Reading in the next 24 hours, according to a reliable journalist.
Times correspondent Paul Joyce revealed on his personal Twitter account last Monday that Ilori had agreed a move to the second tier side in a £3.7million move.
However, the formalisation of the deal had been held up by an ongoing Chinese takeover of the Royals, which is currently waiting for approval from the Premier Leauge.
But, it looks like everything is going to plan and chief football writer for the Press Association Simon Peach reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday that the belated transfer was set to be announced in the “next day.”
Tiago Ilori's move from Liverpool to Reading set to – belatedly – be announced in the next day. Should be involved at Derby on Saturday
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) January 16, 2017
Ilori joined Liverpool in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £7million from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
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He has featured just three times for the Reds’ senior team since his move, while failing to make a single appearance for the struggling Aston Villa side last season.
He has not featured for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp this campaign and has been reduced to appearances for the Under-23s side.
Ilori is now set to move to Jaap Stam’s Reading team, who are currently sat in fourth place in the Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
Ilori is clearly surplus to requirements at Liverpool and a move to the second tier side could do his career the world of good. The Portuguese player hasn’t made an impact on Merseyside and even failed to get in an Aston Villa team which ended up finishing bottom of the Premier League. Reading manager Stam is a legendary centre-back following his successful playing career and he could be the one to finally get the best out of the youngster. Given the position of the Royals in the Championship, if all goes well for Ilori he could be making a swift return to Anfield and the Premier League.
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