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Rangers have completed the singing of Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool on a season-long loan deal.
The move, which is subject to international clearance, will be Ojo’s second temporary move away from Anfield in as many seasons after spending last year at Stade de Reims.
The 21-year-old has also enjoyed spells in the Championship with Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham.
He has represented England at various levels, including the under-20 squad which won the World Cup in 2017, where he came off the bench in the final as the Three Lions defeated Venezuela 1-0.
Ojo’s professional debut in football came at Wigan in a loan spell for the second half of the 2014/15 season, before he followed that with time at Wolves in the first half of season 2015/16.
His return to Anfield coincided with Jurgen Klopp taking the reins, and he went on to play 11 times before the end of that season, scoring once in an FA Cup win over Exeter City.
Real Madrid warned against ‘risky and dangerous’ £150m Pogba transfer
His next loan spell in season 2017/18 came at Fulham, and he played a part in the London club making it up to the Premier League through the play-offs, making 24 regular-season appearances and hitting four goals.
Last season, after featuring heavily in pre-season, the winger was rewarded with a new deal by Klopp before heading out on-loan to Stade de Reims in Ligue 1.
Paul Pogba was described as ‘risky and dangerous’ by former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon ahead of his potential move.
The Manchester United midfielder has been linked with a move to Los Blancos for 12 months.
On Sunday, the World Cup winner confirmed he wanted a new challenge away from Old Trafford, leaving Real and former club Juventus as front-runners for his signature.
But despite Zinedine Zidane’s eagerness to complete a deal, Calderon has urged his former side to proceed with caution.
Calderon said in an exclusive interview with The Sun: “I think it is risky. It’s dangerous because he has proven his behaviour is not the best in some moments for a club like Real Madrid.
“He wants to be the protagonist many times, he is fighting with the coaches or sometimes with team-mates. That record is a bit dangerous in my opinion.
“Players can change if the atmosphere is different and they find the right players and coach. In this case, it seems Zidane is keen on him and that could change his character.”
Given the timing of the announcement by Pogba, the 68-year-old said he would not be surprised if a deal has already been struck.
The ex-Real chief said: “In my experience when the player has said it publicly it is because he has a specific offer, with salary, bonuses and everything, which he likes.
“Zidane has said publicly he wants the player and likes the player. He cannot say he is in touch with the player if he is.”
The Red Devils have said the 26-year-old is not for sale, but would reportedly consider an offer in the region of £150million.
Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale is set to stay at Real Madrid this summer, after his agent confirmed the Wales star will be not leaving the LaLiga giants on loan.
The 29-year-old has fallen well down the pecking order at the Bernabeu, with Zinedine Zidane believing ‘he can do without’ Bale, according to his long-term advisor Jonathan Barnett.
However, Bale’s reported £600,000-a-week wage package, as well as Real’s high-valuation of the forward, mean it is highly unlikely he will depart the club in this transfer window – even on a temporary basis.
When questioned by Sky Sports News if a loan move was a plausible short-term solution, Barnett ruled that out completely saying: “There’s more chance of me winning at Ascot.
“A loan move is not going to happen. I don’t think he wants to go out on loan.
“He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain.
“I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu.”
Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Bale, however the Premier League giants’ interest has now cooled after being priced out of a move.
When asked about the possibility of Bale moving to Old Trafford, Barnett added: “He could fit in there. I think he could do very well.
“He is still one of the best players in the world. But that is very unlikely.”