Leeds United remain interested in Rangers star Ryan Kent as they look to bring in a new winger before the end of the summer transfer window.
It was confirmed last year by Gers boss Steven Gerrard that the Premier League side had a bid rejected by the Ibrox outfit, and that Leeds’ initial bid was nowhere near their valuation.
Victor Orta then admitted that a deal for the £12.6m-rated ace was never likely to happen because Rangers simply didn’t “want to sell him”, and that it was “never their plan to put Kent in the market”.
However, The Daily Mirror now claim that “Leeds are also keeping a watching brief on Rangers’ Ryan Kent and he is also someone Bielsa has liked for a long time.”
After enjoying another impressive campaign in the Scottish Premiership last term – Kent bagged 13 goals and provided another 15 assists as the Gers wrestled away the league title from Celtic – it’s no surprise that the Whites remain interested in a move for him this summer.
Former Gers striker Kris Boyd has raved about the 24-year-old previously, 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!”
The £20k-a-week winger has earned rave reviews for his performances, not least from teammate Conor Goldson, who hailed him as “magnificent” and said: “He has got a lot of ability. (He is) 24-years-old, two-footed. It is not nice when he runs at you, I can tell you that personally from training. He has got everything.”
Neil Dewsnip, his former coach at England under-17 level, said: “He seems to relish the atmosphere, so I think he’s in the bracket of players who think ‘the bigger the better’. Ryan is very exciting so, when he’s good he’s devastatingly good. But that’s a trait of a lot of wide players. The challenge is to be consistent and I’m sure that’s what Steven and his staff will be working to achieve.”
After failing to get a deal done last summer, Orta should be back in for the explosive winger this time around as he looks to bolster Bielsa’s wide options. The Leeds manager will be buzzing if he finally lands a player he has wanted for some time now.