According to Reading Chronicle journalist Courtney Friday, posting on his personal Twitter feed, Leeds United have joined Reading in hoping to land Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria.

21-year-old London-born Ejaria joined the Red in a 2014 free transfer from fellow Premier League side Arsenal, a club he’d been at since 205 when he was just EIGHT year’s old. Whilst not making the breakthrough at Arsenal, the same can be said of his time at Anfield where he’s featured jst eight times for the first team.

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Aside from that octet of appearances, Ejaria has featured in a handful of games for the age groups at Liverpool, most notably 26 appearances (three goals/three assists) for the Under-23s. He’s also an England Under-20/Under-21 international, but the bulk of his football experience has come away from Merseyside in the form of loan deals.

The first of these, a half-season, January-May 2018 loan to Sunderland saw the youngster feature in 11 Championship games for the Black Cats where he scored one goal. The entirety of last season was also spent out on loan away from Liverpool.

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The first half ofthe season saw him head to the SPL with former Red Steven Gerrard, Ejaria featuring in 28 games for Rangers, appearances where he netted two goals and provided one assist. His second loan deal saw him head to the Sky Bet Championship with Reading, for whom he scored one goal and added two assists.

It is the Royals who Leeds United will have to battle it out with to land the talented Ejaria on a likely loan deal. What might be in Leeds United’s favour is that Reading are currently operating under a ‘soft’ transfer ban. This means that any deals into the club require EFL approval, another level of red tape that would need to be navigated.

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