Rangers have finally announced the signing of Ryan Kent from Liverpool on a four-year contract.
Manager Steven Gerrard had claimed any deadline-day arrivals would have to come “out of the blue” after he wrote off the chances of bringing back Kent days earlier.
But Rangers are understood to have agreed to pay Liverpool a guaranteed £6.5million fee to sign the 22-year-old winger after failing to persuade the European champions to sanction a second season on loan. Another £1million will be due for add-ons and Liverpool negotiated a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Liverpool rejected bids of about £5million from Leeds and Krasnodar last month and there was further interest from France and Belgium, with Rangers stepping in after Club Brugge made a firm move for the PFA Scotland young player of the year.
And Kent hinted that he finally feels at home after being consistently loaned out by Liverpool over the past four years.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV he said: “I am delighted to be back here, it has been a quite a long summer, a lot of things could have potentially happened but I am delighted to be here.
“I won’t lie it has been incredibly tough over the summer but I am a mentally strong person as it is anyway.
“I knew if I kept myself correct something good would happen soon and I have been ticking over, keeping myself to myself and this has happened now and I’m over the moon.
“I got a feel for what it was to be a Rangers player, I felt like there was unfinished business from last year and I am hoping to put that right.
“Throughout the whole transfer window the support from them for me to come back has been incredible, it has been overwhelming at times. I am just delighted to be back here and hopefully I can put on a big show for these people.
“It was massively important to find a home, for the past four years now I have been on the move to different places and last year was the first time I have felt content with the football club I am at.
“I can’t wait to play at Ibrox again; it will be a really nice thing, especially for me and my family. This club was great to me last year and to be able to hopefully give them something back this season will be really good.”
The Ibrox club also offloaded four players who were out of the first-team picture. Jake Hastie joined Rotherham and Jason Holt moved to St Johnstone, both on season-long loans, while Graham Dorrans and Joe Dodoo agreed deals to terminate their contracts.
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