Aston Villa join Leeds and Middlesbrough in race to sign young Liverpool star

Simon Crowe
Christian Benteke and Sheyi Ojo: Impressed Jurgen Klopp against Exeter

Christian Benteke and Sheyi Ojo: Impressed Jurgen Klopp against Exeter

Aston Villa have been reported to have joined the race to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan, according to The Sun.

Villa aren’t the only club interested in the youngster who spent last season on loan with Championship side Fulham and managed to secure promotion to the Premier League with them.

Ojo has been part of the Reds’ summer preparations ahead of this weekend’s Premier League kick-off, but Klopp is looking to send out the U20 England World Cup winner out on loan again with clubs such as Leeds, Nottingham Forrest, West Brom and Middlesborough keen to get the players signature, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

TEAMtalk reported last Friday that Leeds United where interested in signing the winger after successfully signing, Patrick Bamford, Barry Douglas and Chelsea duo Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman on loan.

Aston Villa’s interest in Ojo comes after Steve Bruce admitted that it would be difficult to compete against Tottenham for Jack Grealish. 

The 21-year-old would be a suitable replacement for Grealish with having Championship experience under his belt with Fulham and Wolves and a successful youth career in the England national team.

If Grealish is sold before the end of the transfer window on Thursday, there will be no rush for Villa to get the Ojo deal over the line on Thursday with the loan window ending later on August 31.