By Wayne Veysey
Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria is in advanced talks to join Reading on a season-long loan, Football Insider understands.
The 21-year-old was omitted from the Reds’ Under-23s side that played Marine in Crosby yesterday after featuring in their previous outing.
A Reading source has told Football Insider the club are confident of recapturing Ejaria, 21, on another loan deal after the Football League lifted their ‘soft’ transfer embargo.
The Championship outfit had been waiting for the green light from the governing body due to their expenditure on transfers, contracts and signings over the previous three years.
This allows them to push ahead with a move for Ejaria, who did not join the many Liverpool rising stars, such as Harry Wilson, Rhian Brewster and Ryan Kent, in Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad for the pre-season tour of the United States.
Ejaria joined Reading in January after cutting short his 2018-19 loan at Rangers, where he was under the guidance of Anfield icon Steven Gerrard, at the midway point.
He started 16 league games in the second half of the season, mainly operating in central midfield, and manager Jose Gomes is keen to make him a key player in the forthcoming campaign.
Ejaria, who has been capped by England at Under-21 level, is a long way off a place in Klopp’s intensely competitive first team despite initially breaking through and making eight appearances for his parent club.
It would be the fourth loan spell for the former Arsenal academy product, who also spent the second half of 2017-18 at Sunderland.