Liverpool winger close to Wigan Athletic switch

Sunil A Markal / 31 January 2015

Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo is close to complete a loan move to Championship side Wigan Athletic.

The teenager, signed by the Reds from MK Dons in 2011, will link up with the struggling Latics as they fight to survive in England’s second tier.

Ojo, 17, was in Liverpool’s squad for their Premier League encounters against Burnley and Leicester, but was an unused substitute. The England youth International’s progress has impressed Brendan Rodgers, and believes that a temporary move by playing regular first-team football would aid the Hempstead born winger’s development.

Liverpool U-21 boss Michael Beale meanwhile has revealed that several Championship clubs are interested in Ojo’s services, but they will chose the best option for the England U-18 International, which would see a better player in him after his return to Anfield. Talking to Liverpool Echo, he said – “There’s a lot of interest around him in terms of a loan.”

“We’ve got to make sure it’s the right thing for Sheyi and if he goes out that he’s going to play and if he’s not going to play, he’s got to get access – like Conor Randall at Shrewsbury – to come back and play for us.”

A pacy winger, who is equally comfortable on either wings, Ojo featured regularly for Liverpool U-18’s last season. After some noteworthy performances, the 17-year-old was integrated into  the U-21 squad for the 2014-15 season.

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