EXCLUSIVE: Leeds leaning towards forward option, despite late hiccup

Date published: Wednesday 7th August 2019 9:43

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Leeds United remain in pole position to sign Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, but TEAMtalk understands talks between the two clubs have hit a stalemate.

With Thursday’s 5pm deadline approaching some late issues have arisen with Kent and it’s understood Leeds are not happy with the fee for Kent and believe Liverpool have moved goalposts.

At the moment talks are at a standstill, despite personal terms being agreed with the 22-year-old.

TEAMtalk told you on Tuesday that Liverpool had reduced their asking price to under £10m for the player, who had a successful loan spell with Rangers last season.

Kent was believed to cost around £7.5million, and Leeds are able to finance a deal after selling Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht for around the same price, but there is still plenty to negotiate around the fee.

Rangers wanted to take him back to Scotland but they could not finance a permanent deal – whilst there was also Premier League interest from the likes of Aston Villa, Burnley and Crystal Palace.

But he is now likely to head for the Championship with Leeds still at the head of the queue for the player, who may well be asked to play as a forward, rather than a midfielder.

Marcelo Bielsa is also very interested in Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah as an alternative to Kent, but the 20-year-old is understood to have numerous options both at home and abroad.

TEAMtalk understands Leeds are very keen, but they are not as confident of getting a deal for Nketiah over the line with the player mulling over some lucrative offers.

Leeds will only go for one of Nketiah or Kent due to the pair’s wages, but the latter seems more likely at this moment in time.

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