Medical Confirmed: Liverpool Agree Deal For First January Signing
Liverpool are on the verge of offloading defender Tiago Ilori to Reading in a £3.75million deal.
The Royals have had a bid accepted and the Reds have granted the 23-year-old centre-back permission to thrash out personal terms and take a medical with the promotion chasers, report the Liverpool Echo.
Should the deal go through, the Reds would secure a marginal profit on Ilori, who cost them £3.5million from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2013 in a deal which potentially could have risen to £7million.
Reading sit third in the Championship and boss Jaap Stam wants Ilori to help bolster their promotion push.
The Portugal Under-23 international has been unable to force his way into the first team at Anfield, where the likes of Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva are ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order and made just three first-team appearances.
Ilori had loan spells at Granada, Bordeaux and Aston Villa prior to making his Liverpool debut against Exeter City in the FA Cup last January.
He failed to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and spent the first half of this season playing for the Reds’ under-23s.
The impending transfer will free up cash for manager Jurgen Klopp to strengthen his team in the January window as he plots the club’s title challenge.
Ilori did little to suggest in three Liverpool appearances that he is good enough for the Premier League, with his lack of pace and aerial strengths clear deficiencies in his game.
However, the Championship could be more to his liking and, if anyone should know what makes a decent centre-back, it should be Dutch great Stam, a super central defender in his own playing days.
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