Leeds to increase bid, offer lucrative salary as Bielsa steps up winger hunt
Leeds will make an increased offer of £14million and offer Ryan Kent a lucrative salary next week in an effort to lure him away from Rangers, according to a report.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard revealed on Friday his club rejected a £10million bid for the former Liverpool forward.
Gerrard said the bid was “nowhere near” Kent’s valuation and warned Leeds to “really think hard” before making another approach.
According to The Scottish Sun on Sunday, Leeds have not given up and are willing to press on.
The Whites will increase their offer from £10million to £14million in a bid to tempt Gerrard into doing business.
What’s more, Leeds are also willing to double Kent’s salary to £50,000 per week. The newspaper says Marcelo Bielsa’s side hope that will be enough to secure a deal.
Bielsa is “unwilling” to end Leeds’ interest in Kent, the report adds, ordering his superiors to submit another offer.
Kent, who cost Rangers £7million last summer, has made a flying start to the new season. He has scored three goals in five Premiership games after netting only eight in all competitions last term.
Meanwhile, attack is a priority area for Bielsa ahead of Leeds’ Premier League return. The Whites have already begun targeting strikers, including AC Milan’s Rafael Leao.
Bielsa is aware he needs to find support for Patrick Bamford, despite the Englishman impressing once again in the Championship.
In any case, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has promised he will invest ahead of the new campaign.
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More recently, reports claim Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis is a target for Leeds.
Dennis has risen to prominence over the last three seasons in Belgium, scoring twice in the 2019/20 Champions League.
Now, reports say Arsenal and Everton are also keen on the 22-year-old.