Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is close to adding Liverpool attacking midfielder Ovie Ejaria on a season-long loan deal, according to reports, and despite not being the name fans were expecting the 20-year-old could be a revelation at Ibrox.
According to the Scottish Sun, Gerrard could seal a deal to bring the England youth international to Ibrox this week as he rebuilds the Light Blues’ squad that he inherited on Friday when he officially took the reins.
Ejaria spent the second-half of last season on loan with Sunderland as Chris Coleman’s side were relegated to League One – but impressed enough to have been named part of the England squad for this summer’s Toulon Tournament before injury forced him to withdraw so there’s clearly a talented young player in there.
The Gers have an abundance on midfielders but lack any real creative outlet to play as a number 10 and link the midfield and attack and Gerrard may well have identified Ejaria as the solution to that problem for the Light Blues.
It’s almost certain that Ejaria will be the first of a few Liverpool youngsters to head up the M6 as Gerrard looks to make the most of his history at Anfield and strengthen the Gers’ squad.
With only Josh Windass filling that role to any degree of success last season for the Gers, having more options also lets Gerrard try different attacking combinations in a bid to see which works best for the Ibrox giants when they get their campaign underway on July 12th.
Despite not being a well-known name like some of the others rumoured to be headed for Ibrox from Anfield, Ejaria is also going to be someone Gerrard knows well from his stint with Liverpool’s Academy and will have a really good understanding of exactly what the 20-year-old can bring to his side.