According to a report from The Echo, Liverpool playmaker Ovie Ejaria has been left in limbo following revelations that his move to Reading that was struck last year could now fall through.
The Premier League champions loaned the 22-year-old to the Championship outfit last season with a £3.5 million permanent deal agreed by both parties last summer.
However, financial complications due to the ongoing global pandemic have meant that Reading may not be able to pay the agreed-upon figure leaving Ejaria’s imminent future ambiguous.
Ejaria will remain a Liverpool player by the book yet the youngster has not been included to take part in the club’s pre-season camp in Austria and has instead remained to train with Reading.
Despite the uncertainty from a financial aspect, Liverpool remain calm and will not rush into a decision as the Royals look for an alternative solution to find the funds necessary to pay for Ejaria.
Ejaria enjoyed a largely impressive season in the Championship last season and was a mainstay in Mark Bowen’s team clocking up 36 appearances for Reading who secured a 14th place finish in the league standings.
Having returned to training this week, Reading manager Bowen admitted that whether a deal can be agreed between the two clubs remains unclear.
“It’s a complicated situation because of the finances of the club,” Bowen said.
“We’re lucky to have him at the moment because he’s in training here – and thanks to Liverpool for that – but it’ll just depend on the finances of the club – what the club can do and whether we can take that forward.
“So I’m trying to get as much information over the next week or so so we can progress that one. It’s all wrapped around what we can do with our finances.”
Ejaria is unlikely to have a long-term future with Liverpool considering his most recent appearance for the Reds came during a FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Wolves in 2017.
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