Rangers have rejected a second bid from West Ham United for Ibrox youngster Kai Kennedy, according to a recent report from Football Insider.
The lowdown: West Ham targeting move for Rangers forward
Kennedy has been a transfer target for West Ham for some time now, and has previously spoken out on the Hammers’ interest in signing him, but wouldn’t be torn on making a decision on his future.
“It is extremely flattering that West Ham have made an offer for me and it would be a great opportunity to be able to work with a top manager such as David Moyes, but I am a Rangers player until I am told otherwise.”
West Ham submitted their first offer for the forward on Monday 18th July, but it was swiftly rejected by the Gers, who are eager to keep hold of the 19-year-old. He spent last year’s campaign on loan with both Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers.
The latest: Second bid rejected
West Ham evidently aren’t giving up in their pursuit of the Rangers youngster, with Football Insider’s Ibrox source now reporting that the Scottish side have rejected their second offer for Kennedy’s services.
Kennedy is contracted with the Gers until the summer of 2023, and it remains to be seen as to whether West Ham will make a third offer for his services anytime soon.
But Steven Gerrard has moved him into their first-team plans now, with Kennedy previously training with the club’s ‘B’ team.
The verdict: A nervy few weeks ahead for the Gers
They’re clearly keen to keep hold of Kennedy for the foreseeable future, especially if they’ve recalled him to first-team training ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Kennedy scored one goal and was on hand to provide four assists in 19 appearances for Raith Rovers in his loan spell away from Ibrox last season, and it appears as though some of his strong performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
The diminutive winger still has two years remaining on his contract with Gerrard’s side, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he’s got serious role to play for the club’s first-team this season.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see West Ham come back with another offer for him though judging by their quick move to make a second bid, so the Gers may now face a real battle to stand firm.
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