Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United reportedly wouldn’t meet Liverpool’s asking price for attacker Ryan Kent, with the youngster remaining at Anfield.
After spending last season out on loan with Rangers in Scotland, Kent was expected to move to the Championship to further his footballing development, with Leeds among a host of clubs who were reportedly interested in signing him.
However, according to a report from the print edition of the Sun on Sunday (via HITC), Leeds simply didn’t sign Kent because they refused to meet the asking price set by the Merseyside outfit.
Kent was in fine form for the Gers last season as he contributed six goals and six assists, and Leeds were no doubt impressed by that form as they sought to add some more goals to the team, especially with the club opting to sell striker Kemar Roofe.
Liverpool though were looking to bring in around £10m for Kent but, with Leeds only looking at paying £5m in instalments, any chance of a deal before the deadline broke down as Marcelo Bielsa opted to make a move for Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah.
Kent has previously spent spells with the likes of Barnsley and Coventry City in England, and will be well aware that his chances of breaking into the Liverpool team this season are limited. He currently has the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ahead of him in the pecking order, while Divock Origi is firmly in Jurgen Klopp’s plans too, starting and scoring against Norwich City last Friday.
It’s not surprising that Leeds didn’t want to pay all that money for a player who hasn’t really proved much yet in the English game.
He did very well last season under Steven Gerrard but, at £10m, he seems somewhat of a gamble given he has hardly set English football alight. For Barnsley, he scored just three goals in almost 50 games.
It’s a shame for Kent that he hasn’t got a move. Sooner or later, surely he will need to move on, with Salah and Mane looking untouchable in the Reds starting XI. For now though, he needs to be getting his head down and hoping Klopp gives him the odd chance throughout the course of the season.
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