Dean Jones has dropped an update on the future of reported Leeds United transfer target Ryan Kent.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider and journalist revealed that, despite Glasgow Rangers hoping to tie the 25-year-old down to a new contract at Ibrox this summer, the winger is looking to secure a move away from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side at the end of the current campaign – with both Leeds and Everton believed to be interested in the former Liverpool starlet.
Regarding the future of Kent, Jones said: “I’m told Ryan Kent will still look to leave this summer as he wants to play in the Premier League. Rangers are ready to make him a new contract offer, but it sounds like he fancies a move, and he knows clubs like Leeds and Everton are keen.”
With Kent having been a long-term target for Victor Orta and Leeds, the news that the forward looks to have his heart set on a move away from Scotland this summer is sure to be an update that will have left the Whites’ sporting director buzzing.
And, it is not difficult to see why Orta would be interested in a move for the 25-year-old this summer, as the £12.6m-rated winger would very much appear to make a fantastic addition to Jesse Marsch’s current options out wide, particularly with Raphinha being heavily linked with a move away from Elland Road.
Indeed, over his 25 Premiership appearances this season, the £52k-per-week forward has proved a constant threat on Rangers’ left flank, scoring two goals, registering eight assists and creating ten big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.5 shots, making 1.7 key passes and completing 2.1 dribbles per game.
These returns have seen the player who Andrew Dickson dubbed “unplayable” average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.10, ranking him as the Light Blues’ sixth-best performer in the Scottish top flight.
However, it has undoubtedly been over Kent’s 12 appearances over Rangers’ run to the Europa League final in which the forward has really caught the eye, bagging one goal, providing three assists and creating five big chances, with these metrics seeing the former England youth international average a SofaScore match rating of 7.08.
As such, should Raphinha indeed move onto pastures new this summer, Kent would very much look to be an extremely capable replacement for the Brazil international, something which leads us to believe that Jones’ latest update concerning the 25-year-old is fantastic news for Orta and supporters of the Whites alike.