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Leeds: Noel Whelan makes Ryan Kent claim

Leeds: Noel Whelan makes Ryan Kent claim - Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa once held a meeting with Jurgen Klopp over the possible signing of Ryan Kent, according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan.

The Whites drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool on Monday night, as they continue to thrive in their first season back in the Premier League.

The match saw Bielsa and Klopp pitted against one another, with the pair two of the most respected managers in the game at the moment.

It appears as though they once met over Kent moving to Leeds, back when the 24-year-old was still at Liverpool, prior to his move to Rangers.

Whelan makes key Kent claim

That’s according to Whelan, who told Football Insider about the meeting, also claiming Kent would represent a good signing for Leeds this summer, replacing Helder Costa:

“Kent is a smashing player and he would really enhance our squad. Bielsa has been an admirer of him for a long time. I believe he had a meeting with Jurgen Klopp at a game against Bradford and he was looking at him then as well.

“If we could offload Helder Costa and bring Kent in for a hit of about £10m I would bite your hand off.”

Transfer Tavern take

Kent has been excellent at Rangers, scoring eight goals and registering seven assists in the Scottish Premiership this season, as Steven Gerrard’s side have romped to the title. Two apiece in the Europa League have also shown he can thrive at a higher level.

He possesses end product, one-on-one dribbling ability (1.9 dribbles p/g) and a strong work ethic, and with Costa rumoured to be on his way, the Englishman could be an excellent replacement.

At 24, Kent is in a sweet spot in his career, playing to a high level already, but having years ahead of him to improve further, something he could perhaps do under a manager like Bielsa.

In other news, a source has shared concern over one Leeds player’s shortcomings. Find out who it is here.


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