With the transfer window slamming shut at 5PM in England today for Premier League and Championship sides, it appeared as though Liverpool would end the day having made no moves either in or out. However, minutes after its close they announced one.
Midfielder Ovie Ejaria is officially returning to Reading FC, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, for the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign. The Championship side have then committed to making the move permanent in the summer of 2020 for a base £3M fee that could rise to £3.5M with add-ons. There is also a 20% sell-on fee.
Ejaria joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 from Arsenal’s academy and impressed in his first pre-season, but he soon found himself passed by other prospects and then struggled through a disappointing loan spell at Rangers to start the 208-19 season.
However, the second half of last season—spent at Reading—was more encouraging, and it appears now that Reading at least liked what they saw of the player. He becomes the tenth player the Championship side have brought in this summer as they look to improve on their 20th place finish.