An update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers winger Ryan Kent and interest in his services heading into the January transfer window…
The report claims that they are interested in the Light Blues wizard and could make a move to sign him in January, as his contract at Rangers expires at the end of this season.
It is stated that the club have failed to agree a fresh deal with the former Liverpool man and the Cottagers could sign him on a pre-contract if they are willing to wait until the summer of 2023.
Alfredo Morelos is also out of contract next summer but sporting director Ross Wilson must now focus on ruthlessly binning Kent in the January window.
The £18k-per-week attacker has struggled badly in front of goal since the start of last season in the Premiership. He has scored once in 11 top-flight outings this term, after producing two goals in 26 appearances in the 2021/22 campaign, despite averaging at least 1.9 shots per game in that period.
Kevin Thompson recently offered his thoughts on the winger’s struggles, saying: “It’s a confidence thing for me with Ryan.
“We all know how much quality he has got — it’s undeniable. But he’s going through a tough time right now. He’s lacking a bit of belief and confidence as an individual.”
He has shown, in the past, that he has the quality to score goals as he plundered ten in 37 matches during the 2020/21 title-winning campaign but he has been unable to recapture that form over the past 18 months.
Ex-Light Blues attacker Kris Boyd said that the forward is not doing enough in the final third, stating: “Rangers do need more from him, he needs to do more for himself. In the contract situation, it’s one where you can look at it and say, has he spoken to somebody are there other things there.
“Even if you have and your future’s away from Rangers, then you’ve got to be doing better to show them that you’re ready to come to you, whether it’s in January or next summer.”
Wilson must now ruthlessly cash in on Kent in January and attempt to recoup a fee for his services by selling him to Fulham, before any club has the chance to sign him for nothing next summer as he is not performing well enough in front of goal to warrant a huge contract offer to convince him to stay.
Raking in a fee for him ahead of the second half of the season will allow the sporting director to reinvest the funds into a replacement, whereas allowing him to depart on a free at the end of the campaign will force them to fund the signing of another winger by other means.