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Report: Middlesbrough join Leeds and Rangers in £12m battle for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent

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Report: Middlesbrough join Leeds and Rangers in £12m battle for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent

Liverpool want to sell Ryan Kent.

Liverpool winger Ryan Kent has plenty of options this summer. According to a report by Goal, Middlesbrough are the latest team to join Leeds United and Rangers in the race for Kent.

Leeds wanted to sign Kent on loan for the season. And Rangers want to re-sign Kent after his excellent loan stint in Glasgow last season. But Liverpool turned down Leeds’ loan approach.

Liverpool want to sell the 22-year-old winger and will accept offers of around £12m. Kent wants to stay at Anfield and compete for a first-team spot or leave permanently.

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The former England youth winger has a contract until 2022 at Liverpool. So it would take an offer of more than £10m to prise him away from Merseyside.

 

Middlesbrough have now entered the race with Jonathan Woodgate expected to take over at The Riverside Stadium. Boro face competition from promotion rivals Leeds.

The Whites wanted Kent on loan but could launch a permanent deal if Jack Clarke departs. Meanwhile, £12m might be out of Rangers’ price range.

TBR’s view

Kent needs a fresh start away from Liverpool. With first-team chances unlikely at Liverpool, a permanent move is the best option for his career but £12m is a sizeable outlay.

Rangers would love him back and Steven Gerrard will have to hope that his links with Liverpool can either drive Kent’s price down or convince them to loan him out again.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough and Leeds will surely only be able to afford Kent if they sell. And for £12m, they could probably find better value for money elsewhere.

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