Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has given an update on a potential move for former Ibrox loanee Ryan Kent. Gerrard, as quoted by the Daily Record, made it clear that there had been no change on the club’s status regarding a move for Kent.
“I don’t really want to speak about it because nothing is happening on it. There’s been no change or developments since the last time we asked Liverpool and were told there wouldn’t be a loan situation. Nothing has changed on it.
“I made it pretty clear over the course of 12 months working with Ryan how highly I rate him, so I’d never shut the door on any player and certainly top players but I have to understand, respect and appreciate the situation of his parent club…
“If you’re told no, you have to accept the answer is no…”
This comes amid new rumours of potential bids for the player, as Liverpool look to shift him before the end of the European transfer deadline.
Rangers fans grew to love Kent during his loan period at the club last season. The Glasgow club have been desperate to bring him back to Ibrox this summer but were informed no loan deal would be considered.
Football Insider recently reported that Rangers had submitted an offer of a loan with an obligation to buy for £6 million. Gerrard’s comments appear to completely contradict that claim.
The Record reported last week that Kent is ready to ‘down tools’ in an attempt to force a move out on loan, with Rangers in the running.
It is clear that Rangers would love to have Kent back but it appears the ball is still firmly in Liverpool’s court.
A previous £10 million valuation by the Champions League winners has since been reduced to £7 million, according to Sky Sports.
However, Rangers would still not be able to afford such a fee and unless Liverpool decide to send him out on loan Kent looks unlikely to be Ibrox-bound.
Rangers fans will have to hope Gerrard gets a phone call from his old team in the next week or so if a deal for Kent is going to happen.