STV have claimed that Leeds United’s first offer for Rangers star Ryan Kent was in the region of £8.5million plus add-ons, a bid which Steven Gerrard has confirmed the Scottish outfit have rejected.
Kent, 23, is now in his third season at Rangers, having initially been on loan in 2018-19 and then signed for a permanent £7million last summer. He has clocked up 80 outings for Rangers, scoring 16 and creating 13.
The former Liverpool man is expected to surpass 100 appearances in a Rangers shirt this season, especially after Leeds have seen a bid rejected. The latest report states that bid was worth £8.5million plus add-ons.
Speaking about Leeds’ interest in Kent in his Friday morning press conference, Gerrard confirmed Rangers rejected a bid and gave Leeds a hands-off warning, as per STV: “Hands off is the message, for sure.”
TBR’s view – Should Leeds go back in a second time?
Yes. Kent has proven in his recent performances for Rangers that he is worth far more than £8.5million. Charlie Adam claimed Rangers should be looking in the region of £15million for Kent – and he is bang on.
If the Gers receive a fee in that region, or close to it, then it makes much more sense to cash in on the England youth international. Yes, Leeds will want to save every penny possible, but they should go back in with an improved offer.
Bielsa is clearly a fan of Kent and wanted him last summer, and Leeds should listen to their Argentine manager and do all they can to sign the winger – who netted seven goals in 21 league games last season.