Leeds United tried to sign Rangers attacker Ryan Kent in the summer and given his form since the summer window, it is hardly unlikely that Marcelo Bielsa’s side go back in for him – but do they have a trump card that has become somewhat flexible?
Kent, 24, has been in excellent form for Rangers. Clocking up 20 appearances this season, he has provided enormous creativity either from out wide or in attack – having a hand in 13 goals for Steven Gerrard’s side. He has scored six, and created seven.
It was his manager that confirmed interest from Leeds. Back in the window, he said – as per Sky Sports: “But yes we have had contact from Leeds and an opening bid has been really strongly rejected.” The YEP state the bid was worth £10million.
His form has continued to improve since that bid and surely if Leeds are interested in an attacking midfielder come January, they should consider a move for Kent again. That is because they may have a new trump card that they are willing to offer.
Back in January 2018, Leeds completed the £4million signing (Mail) of Tyler Roberts. The Wales starhas since clocked up 61 appearances for the Whites but has fallen out of the starting XI this season – remaining an unused sub in Leeds’ last two games.
He was a loan target for Derby back in the summer, as per The Times, but has since remained at Elland Road to fight for his place. But given he is warming the bench at a crucial stage of his development, a January loan may be required.
Indeed, before Leeds signed him – Rangers wanted to nab Roberts. The Mail claims as much, with the Gers rivalling Leeds, Marseille and Alaves for his signature. In the end, Leeds beat Rangers to the signing of Roberts.
While Rangers will want to keep Kent, they could be tempted to finally get the man they wanted almost three years ago in Roberts – if Leeds do return with an offer. Roberts-plus-cash deal for Kent may tempt Rangers, given their previous interest.