Rangers have tabled an offer in the region of £6m to try and secure the services of Ryan Kent from Liverpool.
Football Insider reported that the Scottish Premiership side have submitted a loan-to-buy offer for the 22-year-old winger, who was on loan to the Glasgow club from Liverpool last season.
According to Football Insider, Rangers have offered to sign Kent on loan for the 2019/20 season with an obligation to pay Liverpool £6m next summer, a proposal that was approved by the Scottish club’s chairman Dave King.
Football Insider added that Rangers have held extensive talks with the Reds as they seek to complete the deal before the Scottish Premiership transfer window closes on September 2nd.
He played well enough at Ibrox last season to be named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and be included in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year, but he has not been very prolific for an attacking player.
His return of six goals in 43 games for Rangers (0.14 per game) was by far the best of his previous loan spells, having netted just three times in 47 Barnsley appearances (0.06 per game), scoring once in 17 games for Coventry (0.06 per game) and failing to find the net for Freiburg or Bristol City.
Kent is just one of several young attackers who have been unable to make a sustained breakthrough at Anfield in recent years, along with Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria.
Even a scoring return of 18 goals from 49 appearances (0.37 per game) at Derby last season couldn’t dissuade Jurgen Klopp from allowing Wilson to go out on loan to Bournemouth, while Woodburn, Ojo and Ejaria have also been loaned out for the season.
Although his performances at Rangers were given tangible recognition by PFA Scotland, Kent has not been prolific enough in his loan spells to compete with the 27 and 26-goal hauls of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane respectively at Liverpool last season. Even Wilson was dispatched on loan again this season by the Reds despite his excellent record for Derby.
Also, with the Daily Record reporting that Kent is apparently willing to down tools in order to force a move to Rangers and missed the Liverpool under-23 side’s match against Chelsea last Monday despite being fully fit, there could be questions raised about his attitude.
It would seem to be in the best interests of all parties for Liverpool to accept Rangers’ £6m offer – the Reds haven’t utilised him, Rangers want him and Kent appears keen to make the move.
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