Leeds United must pull off a late transfer heist for Rangers star Ryan Kent amid recent comments.
Last year, Marcelo Bielsa’s side had bids rejected for the winger, and recently The Daily Mirror claimed that “Leeds are also keeping a watching brief on Rangers’ Ryan Kent and he is also someone Bielsa has liked for a long time.”
And now, speaking exclusively to FFC, former Leeds man David Norris said: “Go and get him. Rangers are making those whispers that they might need to sell and it feels like they’re putting those feelers out.
“He has been linked many times and is obviously thought really highly of at Leeds. I think he would make a big difference as well. I would say signal your intent and put a decent offer in. I think he would be a good player at Leeds.”
In a Q&A for The Athletic, Phil Hay said: “At the right price, I’m sure Bielsa would be interested. But Rangers have been talking about £20m and Leeds wouldn’t be keen to stretch to that.
“He likes Kent, we know that. My gut feeling is that Bielsa would prefer Kent or James.”
Kent enjoyed an impressive campaign north of the border last term, scoring 13 goals and setting up another 15, so it’s no real surprise that Hay has claimed Bielsa would be keen on doing a deal for the £12.6m-rated ace.
Former Rangers star Kris Boyd has previously waxed lyrical about the former Liverpool man, saying: “There’s Ryan Kent who is phenomenal – he gets you off your seat. His numbers have increased season after season. Even if the team are not at the level we saw at the start of the campaign, he is still a threat. He is so comfortable with the ball – it is like has superglue in his boots!”
Given the kind of attacking options that Bielsa already has at his disposal, including the likes of Raphinha and Jack Harrison out wide, Kent’s arrival would go a long way to completing a dream attack for the Leeds boss.
Able to play on either side and even behind the striker too, Kent has the kind of impressive versatility that would fit in well at Elland Road. And, given Hay’s comments on how Bielsa “likes” him too, Victor Orta should surely be all over a late transfer window swoop for the Englishman.
As Norris himself says, he could make a “big difference”.