Leeds United have received a significant boost in their reported pursuit of Liverpool winger Ryan Kent this summer, after Steven Gerrard admitted defeat in bringing the trickster back to Ibrox, as quoted by the Evening Times.
Kent, 22, starred for the Gers last season. He won Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award, as he scored six goals and laid on another nine assists. The £10million-rated ace (Evening Times) even scored against rivals Celtic.
It is no surprise, then, that Gerrard wanted to bring Kent back to Rangers this summer despite bringing in Kent’s teammate Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan. But it appears that Rangers are not going to sign Kent.
Speaking ahead of Rangers’ Europa League qualifying clash against Progres Niederkorn, Gerrard stated that Rangers have finally given up in trying to bring England youth international Kent to Ibrox this summer.
“Where we are right now, yes [that is the end of it]. I think we respect Liverpool’s stance and we thank them very much for allowing us to work with Ryan for a year,” Gerrard said.
“I had a conversation on the phone with Jurgen a few days ago and we totally respect Liverpool’s position on it.”
Rangers loss, could be Leeds United’s gain. That is because Leeds Live claimed just this week that Kent remains a target for Leeds, though it remains to be seen if the Yorkshire side will look to bring anyone else in.
The report claims that Kent is an original target for Leeds from the start of the summer. Marcelo Bielsa agreed to stay on for another 12 months, if the Whites would pursue Kent – as well as Ben White, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.
The latter three have been signed and Kent remains the only player left from that list. Do Leeds have enough money to bring Kent in on a permanent basis? Who knows.
But one thins is for sure – Leeds certainly remain interested in the Liverpool star, and will find that they have been handed a boost by Rangers, following Steven Gerrard’s comments.