Why Leeds hope Harry Wilson can seal Ryan Kent Liverpool deal | Football | Sport
That’s according to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Newly-promoted Premier League outfit Villa have been linked with a permanent move but both Leeds and Rangers are keen to secure a loan deal.
Kent spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Rangers and provided six goals and six assists in 23 Scottish Premiership outings.
The 22-year-old’s performances at Ibrox were enough to see him named as PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year.
It was the Liverpool academy graduate’s most productive spell of his career following loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg and Bristol City.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has publicly declared that the Light Blues are desperate to bring Kent back to Scotland for a second season.
But the Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Leeds have made Liverpool aware they are keen to keep Kent in England in hope of offering him a stint more successful in the Championship than those that he had with Barnsley or Bristol, where he enjoyed only mixed success.
Kent – who could attract a fee as high as £12million if he leaves permanently – is on Leeds’ radar after manager Marcelo Bielsa instructed the club to improve their options out wide.
And while the player is coming off of a productive spell with Rangers, who also boast links to Liverpool through manager Gerrard who is a club legend at Anfield, Leeds hope the example of Harry Wilson can help them win the race for Kent’s signature.
Wilson spent the recent campaign on loan with Championship side Derby County and was one of the league’s stand-out performers as part of the team to beat Leeds in the play-off semi-finals, scoring a penalty in the second leg.
Another 22-year-old winger, the Welshman produced 18 goals and six assists for Frank Lampard’s Rams, who only missed out on a return to England’s top flight by a single goal after losing 2-1 to Aston Villa in the play-off final.
Wilson’s Liverpool future is uncertain but he could be used as a back-up option by Jurgen Klopp or even be sold for a fee as high as £25million.
And Leeds are hopeful that with Liverpool set to benefit either way from Wilson having enjoyed such a strong 12 months at Pride Park, they can tempt Liverpool into handing them Kent for a year with the possibility of similar success.
Speaking back in April, however, Kent indicated he would be happy to stay at Rangers on a long-term basis.
He said: “I want to kickstart my career somewhere now. I am tired of changing clubs each year, I want to settle down somewhere.
“Liverpool have been good to me, but the enjoyment factor of going back there each year and doing well in pre-season and going back out on loan, it is a repetitive cycle.
“I’ve felt comfortable here, I’ve felt at home here.
“I think the way I have improved, the coaching staff and the manager have managed to find things in my game that other managers haven’t been able to get out of me. And that’s no discredit to other managers.
“I’ve been enjoying myself on the pitch and off the pitch and ultimately that gets the best performances out of me.
The Yorkshire Evening Post add that Leeds are expected to sign Jack Harrison from Manchester City for a second successive spell at Elland Road.
Harrison spent last year with Leeds and with no senior spot on offer at the Etihad, will go back to Yorkshire after playing 42 times and providing four goals and four assists for Leeds in the previous campaign.
Express Sport meanwhile understands that Sheyi Ojo has agreed a deal to join Rangers on loan.