Reading have confirmed the signing of midfielder Ovie Ejaria from Liverpool on loan until the end of the season. The 21 year-old has made eight senior appearances for the Reds to-date, in addition to spending time on loan at both Sunderland and Rangers. His spell up in Scotland earlier this season, which saw him play Europa League football, was supposed to last until the end of the campaign, but was cut short after he felt “unsettled” at Ibrox.
Ejaria, an Under-20 World Cup winner with England, now moves to Berkshire hoping to add some quality and attacking emphasis to the Royals’ side in as they fight for Championship survival.
On completion of the deal, Jose Gomes told the official club website:
“In Ovie we have signed a player who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, can pass the ball quickly and effectively to make things happen in the final third and who shows a composure which is rare in such a young central midfielder. I am really looking forward to working with him at Reading.”
Nigel Howe added:
“This month, we have openly stated our intention to reduce the size of the first team squad whilst aiming to add exceptional quality to our team if the right opportunities in the window arise. A highly-rated England youth international who has competed at the highest level both with Liverpool and during his loan spell with Rangers, I am confident Ovie is capable of injecting that added quality into our midfield and I am delighted to welcome him to Reading.”
Keep an eye on The Tilehurst End in the coming days as we get both the Liverpool and Sunderland views on Ejaria.