Amidst Leeds United’s rejected £8.5M rising to £10M bid for his services, Ryan Kent has reportedly confirmed to Steven Gerrard that he wants to leave for the challenge of Elland Road and the English Premier League.
The former Liverpool winger, 23, has hit some fine form this season, and following the failed initial bid, the speed merchant put in an excellent performance against Kilmarnock, which only increased his stock to Leeds.
Now the ex-Brighton man is said to have announced to Gerrard that he would like to pursue the chance to ply his trade in the PL, as Ibrox Noise suggested he probably would.
It’s the Promised Land for English players, with levels of money on offer well beyond what can be offered in Scotland, but more importantly for players like Kent it delivers Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool every other week and that for a player at the top level is too tempting to turn down.
Kent was happy enough to stay, but equally happy to go too, and it seems the call of the top tier in the world is too good an opportunity for the winger to reject.
We don’t blame him at all – Rangers are a bigger club than Leeds, but the division we’re in cannot even dare to compete with the PL, and any self-respecting player given the chance to improve their career by competing in the Premier League is going to take it.
It’s in Leeds’ court now – they have to bid enough for Rangers to say yes, and that will take a lot.
It should also be emphasised that Kent will not go in a huff and down tools if he doesn’t get the move – he IS happy at Ibrox.
But equally if Rangers get a major bid for him, a bid which satisfies the board’s valuation (said to be around £20M), Kent will likely expect the club to accept that and give him the pathway to the PL.
He’s not forcing the move, nor will he, and Rangers will still get the best of him if he stays, but we understand his ambition and Rangers won’t stand in his way if the bid is good enough and he truly wants to leave.
More as we get it.