Liverpool transfer news: Ovie Ejaria to join Reading on loan after cutting Rangers stay short

7 Jan

Jurgen Klopp has decided to send midfielder Ovie Ejaria on loan to Reading for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old will reportedly have a medical at the Madjeski on Monday ahead of his six-month stay, report The Sun.

Ovie Ejaria scored one goal in 14 Scottish Championship appearances for Rangers before cutting short his loan in Glasgow

Ejaria, who has been part of Liverpool‘s academy since leaving Arsenal in 2014, was given his first-team debut by Klopp in 2016 during an EFL Cup third-round win at Derby County.

Having signed a long-term contract the club in June, he was sent to Rangers but, having grown unsettled in Scotland, returned in December and will now be part of Jose Gomes’ squad for the rest of the Championship campaign.

The London-born midfielder was highly-rated by Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and was disappointed to see his stay end prematurely.

“Am I disappointed he’s gone? Yes. Do I think it’s the right decision? No, because I think he had an incredible opportunity here,” Liverpool legend Gerrard said at the time.

“But I’m never going to stand in a player’s way who is not happy and who is not settled because I have people who are desperate to wear the shirt and who would run through brick walls to wear it.

Jurgen Klopp gave Ejaria his Liverpool first team debut during the 2016/17 season

“It is what it is. I have to accept the decision. I’m sad about it, I wish him all the best. He’s a nice kid, very quiet. He told me it was 100 per cent football reasons and I have to respect that.”

Once Ejaria’s loan at Reading is over, he is expected to return to Anfield and compete for a first-team place.

It will be his third spell away from Anfield following a stint at Sunderland last season and then Rangers this term.

Rangers transfer news: Steven Gerrard hopes to sign Everton starlet Kieran Dowell to replace Ovie Ejaria following return to Liverpool

17 Dec

Rangers hope to sign Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell in January to replace Ovie Ejaria, who cut short his Ibrox loan and returned to Liverpool last week.

Ejaria, 21, joined Gers throughout the summer for the season, but has decided to go back to his parent club after failing to settle in Glasgow.

Dowell is Rangers’ target to replace Ejaria

He had made 28 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side before cutting his loan short, and had been praised for putting in some impressive performances.

However, Gerrard is now on the lookout for a new central midfielder, to replace Ejaria, and the Scottish Sun say he’s keen on Dowell, who plays for Liverpool’s fierce local rivals Everton.

Dowell, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, has made five appearances for Everton, two of which came in the Carabao Cup this term.

He was part of the England team that won the Under-20 World Cup last year, and Gerrard has admitted his admiration for the youngster.

“I definitely admire him,” Gerrard said. “He’s an Under-21 international. He’s a player I admire but there’s not really anything else to say on that at the moment as he’s an Everton player.”

Rangers returned to the top of the Premiership table on Sunday, courtesy of their defeat of Hamilton and Celtic losing to Hibs.

Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria makes immediate Anfield return after having season long-loan at Rangers cut short

15 Dec

Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria has cut his season-long loan deal with Rangers short and will make a return to Anfield immediately.

Rangers broke the news on the club’s website, citing the 21-year-old’s inability to settle in Glasgow.

Ejaria scored one goal on loan at Rangers – a 3-3 draw at Motherwell in August

Both clubs agreed to terminate his loan spell with immediate effect.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard dropped Ejaria from the travelling squad for Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Rapid Vienna that saw them get knocked out of the Europa League.

On Ejaria, Gerrard said the youngster “didn’t seem in the right frame of mind to travel to Austria”.

The former Sunderland loanee was also late for training in the build-up to Rangers’ Group G clash against Villarreal a fortnight ago.

Rangers confirmed Ejaria wishes to go back to Liverpool

A Rangers statement read: “Rangers and Liverpool have agreed to terminate Ovie Ejaria’s Ibrox loan period.

“Ovie will be returning to Liverpool immediately.

“The midfield player has not settled in Scotland and wishes to continue his career back with his parent club.

“Ovie arrived at Ibrox in June and played 28 matches including 11 times in the Europa League, scoring twice for the Gers.

“Rangers thanks him for his commitment and efforts. Everyone at the club wishes him well for his future. Rangers also thanks Liverpool for their assistance.”