Leeds United will have to pay over £25million to sign Ryan Kent from Rangers if they want to have another stab at signing the winger, according to Alex Rae.

Kent, 24, has been in superb form at Ibrox this season, helping Rangers win the Scottish Premiership title and reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

In 47 appearances across all competitions, the former Liverpool winger has scored 12 goals and supplied 13 assists.

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Last year, Leeds made an effort to sign Kent permanently with Steven Gerrard confirming a bid from the Whites had been rejected.

Leeds reportedly offer £10million for Kent back then [talkSPORT] and while BT Sport pundit Rae claims the Yorkshire club were ready to offer £14millillion, he says that the winger will cost way more than that now.

“If £14million is what Leeds were looking to roughly pay, I think he’s gone again,” Rae told the Ten10 podcast, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“Looking at the stats this year, his performance levels, the European performances.

“I would say £25million plus, without a doubt. The modern-day player? You have a guy who is 24 who has all of his best years ahead of him.

“I just think with the performances, there will be a few people knocking at the door and I think it is a big year.

“We raised certain questions about Kent in periods through the season in terms of stats.

“In his last nine games, he has five goals. He now has 12 goals and 13 assists.

“He has contributed in 25 goals this season.

“He still has a long way to go, but those are impressive stats.”

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‘Electric’ Kent could spark extra life into Leeds attack

It’s going to be a big summer at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa is bound to want to add to his squad and Victor Orta is likely to have been drawing up plans all season depending on what happens with the club in their first season back in the Premier League.

With a mid-table position all but secured and a top-half finish still possible, there’s a whole new world about to open up for Leeds in terms of players who’d be interested in moving to Elland Road and how much money they might have available.

Kent is someone who Bielsa has been an admirer of for some time [talkSPORT] and while he was a player who newly-promoted Leeds wanted, he’s shown a lot of improvement in line with the Whites this season.

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Kent, who’s previously been dubbed as “electric” by Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister [Scottish Sun], has attempted more one-v-one dribbles than any other player in the Scottish Premiership this season with 255 [Wyscout].

The ex-Liverpool player has also had the most touches in the penalty area in Scotland’s top-flight [133] and no one has completed more key passes [29].

Kent’s been on fire in Scotland – but can he do it in England?

As Kent seems to be getting better and better, and the fact he’s only 24, we would suggest that he probably could perform well in the Premier League.

After all, he’s scored twice in the Europa League knock-out stages twice this season and once last term on top of a goal against Celtic.

We don’t know what else a player in Scotland can do to prove they’re good enough for England’s top-flight so rolling the dice and taking a chance on Kent could be a solid move by Leeds United if someone like Helder Costa is moved on.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared what Bielsa told his players to do against Man City on Saturday.


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