Leeds United want to sign Ryan Kent after Rangers contract development, Aston Villa also in pursuit
Leeds United remain in the hunt to sign Ryan Kent after the Rangers forward refused to sign a new contract at Ibrox, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The newspaper reported via their print edition on Sunday (2 October, page 71) that Leeds and Aston Villa, who are managed by ex-Gers boss Steven Gerrard, will watch over Kent, 25, on Tuesday night (4 October) when the Scottish Premiership side play against Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League.
It is understood that Leeds and Villa have both expressed an interest in signing the English forward, whose career started off at Liverpool.
The Sunday Mirror adds that Leeds have already had unsuccessful attempts at signing Kent but he’s set to be available as a free agent next summer as his contract at Ibrox will expire.
If Kent is up for grabs for free next summer then there’s no harm in Leeds trying to sign him.
It could be difficult given the Gerrard links at Villa Park but Leeds have long watched over the 25-year-old and he may be keen to play for a club that’s super interested in signing him.
Kent’s form has been a worry this season though.
While the Oldham-born attacker did score his first goal of the season on Saturday (1 October) in Rangers’ 4-0 win against Hearts, he’s struggled overall and faced criticism.
Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller knows his quality though and feels it’s just a case of him unlocking it.
Writing for the Daily Record on 18 Septrember, as quoted by the Sunday Mirror, Miller said: “If he commits to a new deal, he can get his head right, forget about any moves away and get back to his best form.
“He’s got huge games to look forward to – like a Champions League double-header against his old club. And that’s the main reason for keeping him. He does have the ability to be a fantastic player.
“When he’s on his game, Kent can be frightening. He’s direct, has pace, can chop on to either foot and fool his markers. He’s electrifying when he’s in full flow. You know it’s there. It’s up to him now to produce – and getting his future sorted will help him do it.”
Leeds do have plenty of depth in the wide areas but it wouldn’t hurt to add more.
And if Jack Harrison’s head is turned next year then a replacement will be needed.
He was linked with Newcastle in the summer and will enter the final year of his contract at Elland Road next year so that might be one to keep an eye on.
Kent is a left-winger who loves to come inside onto his right foot.
He’s a bit of a different type of winger to Harrison but if Leeds can unlock the ability Miller mentions, they’ll be onto a winner by signing this player.
In other Leeds United news, Luis Sinisterra has already been linked with a move away from Elland Road.