Ovie Ejaria has returned to the Madejski Stadium on a season-long loan, nipping in just before the end of play on transfer deadline day. In fact, according to Reading, the paperwork was officially submitted at 16.51 - with a mere nine minutes to go.
There had been speculation earlier on deadline day that the 21 year-old would be signed permanently, but this will happen next summer instead. Ejaria’s loan arrival is “with a view to a permanent move” and, according to Neil Jones from Goal, that deal will set Reading back £3million (rising by £500,000) in 2020.
Reading sure had to work for this deal. There had long been speculation that Ejaria could be back in the blue and white hoops in 2019/20, but rumoured interest from Brentford in a permanent deal - back in the ancient days of a few weeks ago when the Royals couldn’t spend any money - seemed to derail our hopes of signing him.
However, that interest never materialised into a transfer, and Jose Gomes has now managed to bring back two of the five January loanees - the other being Matt Miazga. He was understandably delighted to recruit Ejaria, and told the club:
“The fans, the players, my coaching team and I already know all about the quality Ovie possesses, the impact he can make at this level and the respect he already commands within the dressing room here at Reading. I am thrilled he has agreed to join us again this season.”
Ejaria is the TENTH signing of what’s been a marvellous transfer window for Reading. Joao Virginia, Matt Miazga, Michael Morrison and Charlie Adam all arrived a little while ago, but our ranks have more recently been beefed up with Lucas Boye, Rafael, Pele, George Puscas and Lucas Joao.
Those signings should collectively give Reading the extra quality needed to push away from last season’s bottom-half finish and hopefully into a much stronger position. Keep your eye out for the content we’ve already got up on the site about those additions, including the below pieces on record-signing George Puscas. We’ll have more in the coming days.