Last month it was reported that Rangers had identified a potential replacement for Alfredo Morelos. With fears the Colombian could leave Ibrox, Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe appeared to be on the radar.
As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Leeds striker had been identified as a potential replacement for ‘El Buffalo’.
But Roofe has headed elsewhere, with Belgian side Anderlecht securing his transfer yesterday. But could it be his exit to Belgium now begins a chain reaction that sees a Rangers fan favourite head to Elland Road.
It has been no secret this summer that Rangers wanted to bring Ryan Kent back to the club. Steven Gerrard signed a gem in the Liverpool loanee last summer and has stated on numerous occasions his wish to bring the winger back to Ibrox.
But his excellent performances in Glasgow attracted the attention of other clubs, namely Leeds.
Now it seems the departure of Roofe may have given Leeds the financial clout to bring in the former Rangers loanee. As reported by the Daily Mail, Leeds are hoping to use £7 million raised from Roofe’s sale to bring Kent in from Liverpool.
Goal has since reported that talks are ‘progressing well’ between the two clubs for a deal that could be worth an eventual £10 million.
As reported by The Express recently, Rangers boss Gerrard was playing a waiting game regarding Kent. With a permanent deal not financially viable, the Glasgow side were waiting to see if the 22-year-old remained available after the close of the English transfer window. At that point, the hope was another loan move to Ibrox could be negotiated.
Rangers fans were therefore hopeful that they might still have a chance to snap up Kent on loan this summer. But it seems the departure of one shortlisted player in Roofe could subsequently end the hope of an Ibrox return for Kent.