By Dave Woods

3rd Sep, 2019 | 4:18pm

Anderson makes Kent claims

Leeds were interested in signing Ryan Kent from Liverpool this summer.

He was on the list of Marcelo Bielsa targets, which also included Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Ben White.

Leeds bagged those three but missed out on Kent, with the winger returning to Ibrox where he spent the previous season on loan.

Rangers paid £6.5m which could rise to £7.5m with add-ons, a huge fee for the Scottish side.

Mirror journalist David Anderson made a couple of seemingly conflicting claims on Tuesday about the Leeds attempts to sign him this summer.

To start, he claimed that sources in Merseyside told him that that Leeds failed with a £4.5m bid.

However, to counter that, he said that sources in West Yorkshire had told him that Leeds had actually agreed a fee for Kent but walked away from the deal in order to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan.

It’s entirely possible that both claims are correct.

Leeds did want Kent and it would certainly seem par for the course that the club would put in a lowball bid first.

It’s then possible that they agreed on a bigger fee, possibly with favourable payment terms, only to walk when they signed Eddie Nketiah.

When the four summer targets were outlined by Bielsa, Kemar Roofe was still a Leeds player. Once he left to go to Anderlecht, signing a replacement striker became the main priority and Nketiah looks like a pretty canny bit of business so far. Three goals in four games is a great return for someone who hasn’t even started in the Championship yet.