Andy Walker has told Sky Sports that it would hardly be a surprise if Rangers decided to cash in on winger Ryan Kent amid reported interest from Leeds United – with the newly-promoted Premier League side already having a bid rejected.
Kent, 23, has enjoyed a stunning start to the 2020-21 season at Rangers. Clocking up nine appearances in all competitions, the former Liverpool star – bought by Rangers for £7million (Scottish Sun) – has had a hand in 10 goals, five strikes and five assists.
Steven Gerrard has confirmed Rangers have already had a bid rejected for Kent from Leeds – which was believed to be in the region of £10million as per TalkSPORT. He has a contract at Rangers until the summer of 2023.
Former Celtic man and Scottish Sky Sports pundit Walker believes Rangers may look to cash in on Kent – like Celtic could with Odsonne Edouard – as both Scottish clubs need funds to remain afloat going forward.
“Rangers’ Ryan Kent has been attracting interest from Premier League newcomers Leeds United,” Walker said. “They’ve already had one bid knocked back.
“Would anyone really be surprised if Rangers cashed in given the same scenario they are in with Celtic [and Edouard], namely, burning millions of pounds every month allied to a much-reduced income?”
TBR’s view – Would Kent be a good addition for Leeds?
The Whites are still looking to add an attacker to their side, one that can play on either flank but also in the 10 role. At Rangers, Kent has shown not only is he a winger – but he is capable of creating chances from the middle of the park.
Rodrigo De Paul, the Argentina international shining at Udinese, remains a top target for the Whites as per numerous reports – while other players have been linked, including Atalanta star Ruslan Malinovskyi.
But Kent is a cheaper, more versatile option and Marcelo Bielsa is renowned to prefer players who can play numerous positions. The winger – who scored for Rangers against Willem II on Thursday – could be the ideal final addition at Leeds.