Reading Football Club are very pleased to announce that midfielder Ovie Ejaria has put pen to paper on a permanent move to the Madejski which will secure his future as a Royal until the summer of 2024.
The London-born ex-Arsenal Academy midfielder has been at Liverpool since the age of 16, making his professional debut as a Red when he came off the bench to replace Roberto Firmino in League Cup win over Derby County in September 2016.
A loan spell at Sunderland saw him score his first professional goal in a 3-0 home win over Wolves and then a second loan saw him link up with Steven Gerrard at Rangers.
In 2019, he made a January transfer window loan move to Reading and the England Under-20 World Cup winner made 16 starts to successfully steer the Royals away from danger at the foot of the Championship table.
Such was his impact, that he was snapped up again on a season-long loan deal last summer with a view to a permanent transfer to RG2 locked into the terms.
That clause has now been successfully triggered and the 22-year-old completed the relevant forms to seal the deal earlier today.
Ovie has already made 54(+1) appearances in Royals colours, scoring four goals. He has been training with the first team during their pre-season preparations at Bearwood Park so will hopefully be able to hit the ground running when the action begins in little more than a week’s time when we host Colchester United in the First Round of the Carabao Cup.
Mark Bowen said, “Naturally, everybody at the club is delighted to have got this transfer over the line and it is a deal our owner, Mr Dai, was very keen to see completed as soon as was possible. Ovie has shown everyone his exceptional quality in the time he has spent here on loan and I’m sure all our supporters are excited to see him continue to impress as a Royal during the course of the next four years.”