Reading are reportedly making a final effort to sign Liverpool playmaker Ovie Ejaria permanently.
The 22-year-old was hugely impressive on loan with the Royals in the 2019/20 campaign.
The midfielder scored three goals and five assists for Reading and produced some dazzling performances.
It is understood there was an agreement in place between the Royals and Liverpool over a permanent deal this summer but manager Mark Bowen has indicated that the Championship club’s financial constraints meant Ejaria may not join them.
However, according to Berkshire Live’s Courtney Friday, the Madejski Stadium outfit are making an last-ditch attempt to sign the 22-year-old permanently.
Friday has suggested that the Royals were unable to afford the previous terms of the deal but may be looking to re-negotiate to get it done.
Ejaria left Arsenal to join Liverpool as a youth player in 2014 and has made eight senior appearances in his six years at Anfield.
The last of those came back in the 2016/17 campaign and the majority of his football has been played away from Liverpool since in loan spells at Sunderland, Rangers, and Reading.
The latter is undoubtedly where he has impressed the most and looks a good fit for him, as long as they can stump up the funds for the deal.
That may be boosted by the potential exit of John Swift, with Sheffield United reportedly keen on signing the midfielder in a move that could be worth north of £3.5 million.
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This is fantastic news from a Reading perspective.
Ejaria looks a really exciting prospect and has been one of the bright points of a somewhat frustrating season at the Madejski.
At 22, it looks a signing that will pay dividends further down the line – whether that’s in performances or a future fee.
With Swift seemingly nearing the exit door, bringing in a creative player like Ejaria would be a real boost in the short-term as well.