Leeds reignite transfer interest in ex-Liverpool winger

Jason Soutar
Ryan Kent
Ryan Kent

One year on from a rejected bid, Leeds United have reignited their interest in Rangers winger Ryan Kent.

This is according to the Athletic, who are reporting that the Premier League club will make an attempt to sign the ex-Liverpool man.

Leeds have been long-term admirers of Kent, and had a bid rejected for the Gers star last year.

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Marcelo Bielsa has recently tied down Stuart Dallas to a new three-year contract, and permanently signed Jack Harrison from Manchester City after three seasons on loan at Elland Road.

Despite this, Bielsa is looking to further bolster his wide options and is hoping that Kent will cross the border to play for his team.

It is unlikely that Rangers will sell Kent this summer, especially with Champions League football returning to Ibrox for the 2021/22 campaign.

The 24-year-old made 52 appearances in all competitions for Steven Gerrard’s side last season, scoring 13 and assisting 15.

His fine form helped the Glasgow club lift their first Scottish league title in ten years whilst halting Celtic’s quest to win an outstanding tenth title in a row.

Elsewhere, Leeds have confirmed the signing of left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona for £12.8million.

The 24-year-old, who made 41 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, has agreed a four-year deal with the Yorkshire club.

“The Whites have beaten off competition from a number of clubs to secure the services of the 24-year-old, who joins from Spanish outfit FC Barcelona for an undisclosed fee,” Leeds said.

“Following a period of quarantine and completion of his medical, the full-back signed a four-year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2025.”

He made 18 appearances in all competitions for Barca last season and scored two goals for the Catalan club.

Firpo arrived in the city last week and completed his medical on Monday night after spending five days in quarantine.

Leeds, who had been in the hunt for a specialist left-back, bade farewell on Monday to defender Ezgjan Alioski.

North Macedonia international Alioski ended his four-year spell at Elland Road after turning down a new contract offer.