Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has all but given up his pursuit of Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent.
According to a report from the Express, the former Reds skipper is calling time on his summer long chase of the winger with Liverpool refusing to budge on their stance of only letting Kent leave on a permanent deal.
And for Gerrard, that means he will have to move on, with the Gers manager admitting that unless he receives a phone call in which Liverpool change their mind, then they will have to move on to other targets if they do wish to capture any new players before the European deadline slams shut on Monday.
Kent is well known at Ibrox thanks to his fine performances during a loan spell with the club last season in which he contributed an impressive six goals, as he impressed north of the border.
That form has led Gerrard to commit to a summer long pursuit of the winger, with Leeds also known to have registered an interest in bringing Kent to Elland Road.
However, with Liverpool digging their heels in terms of his future, Kent will have to rely on a permanent bid coming his way barring a drastic change of heart from the Reds.
This is all a bit silly really from Liverpool as Kent is unlikely to get any game time under Jurgen Klopp given the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane stand in his way.
They are stemming his development and surely if no bid comes they’d be better letting him move on loan to Rangers where he can continue to perfect his craft.
He’s a fine young player and can only get better at 22, so another season under the guidance of Gerrard would do no harm whatsoever.
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