Leeds United have been tipped to make a third bid for Rangers winger Ryan Kent during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Whites tested the water last summer but could not prise the 24-year-old away from Ibrox. It was thought that Marcelo Bielsa’s side offered £11m but the Gers were not prepared to play ball. And that was after manager Steven Gerrard admitted that the talented wide man was likely to move on.
Born in Oldham, Kent came up through the Liverpool youth ranks. He was on the Reds’ books between 2015 and 2019.
However, he made just one FA Cup appearance and was loaned out to several clubs. The former England Under-20 star spent time with Coventry, Barnsley, SC Freiburg and Bristol City.
He joined Rangers on loan for the 2018-2019 campaign. That became permanent in the summer of 2019 and he has blossomed in Glasgow.
The wide man is part of Gerrard’s side that has romped to the Scottish Premiership title. He has made 33 starts from 34 appearances – playing in every league game this term.
Kent has bagged nine league goals and 12 in all competitions, promoting speculation of a move south of the border. The Scottish Sun are reporting that Leeds will not give up on their pursuit of their former target.
And the Elland Road outfit are said to be preparing a £15m offer to lure him to West Yorkshire. There is no question that he is a vastly-improved player for his time in Scotland, having chipped in with nine assists.
And Rangers are preparing for Leeds to make another assault on their winger this summer.
Switch of agent key to Kent future
Kent had lived a nomadic lifestyle prior to settling at Rangers. He has put down roots at the club and benefited as a result.
But he switched agents last year, promoting speculation that he might push for a move. Former England striker Kevin Phillips thinks that is the case.
“I am still with the same agent I was when I first started the game so the only reason you would swap agents is if you are not happy with them,” he told Football Insider last November.
“If they are not doing what you ask them to do which could potentially be that he wanted to move in the summer.”
Most things seem to point to a summer exit but it is unlikely that Leeds will be the only interested party. The player will doubtless have a huge say on where he goes but, with finances tight, Rangers will want the best price possible.