Sunderland in talks over loan move for Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria

Sunderland are in talks with Liverpool over a loan deal for midfielder Ovie Ejaria, according to Sky sources.

It is believed he will be a replacement for Didier Ndong, who is closing in on a loan move to Watford with an option to buy in the summer, according to Sky sources.

It is understood relegation-threatened Sunderland have also contacted Bournemouth over the availability of midfielder Emerson Hyndman, but it’s unclear whether he is an alternative transfer target or wanted in addition to Ejaria.

Ejaria, an unused substitute in England’s U20 World Cup-winning squad last year, made his league debut for Liverpool at Anfield in a resounding 6-1 victory over Watford in November 2016 but is yet to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first team.

Hyndman joined the Cherries on a four-year deal in 2016 but is yet to make a Premier League appearance and spent time on loan at Rangers last season.

Chris Coleman, whose Sunderland side sit in 22nd place in the Championship heading into their league meeting with Birmingham on Tuesday, added former Brighton player Kazenga LuaLua to his ranks last week on a short-term deal until the end of his season.