By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that he wants to sign Ryan Kent from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
Kent has been on the books of Liverpool since 2003, but he has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League for the Merseysiders.
As reported by Football Insider, Barnsley have held talks with Liverpool about a loan deal for the 19-year-old winger.
Heckingbottom has admitted that he wants to add Kent to his squad for the 2016-17 season.
“He is a good player and he did well against us last season,” Heckingbottom told The Barnsley Chronicle about signing Kent. “He certainly fits into the bracket of player that we are after.”
Kent spent four months of the recently completed season on loan at League One side Coventry and Jurgen Klopp will now allow the England Under-20 international to go out again as he looks to continue his development.
It is believed that the Tykes, who won promotion through the League One play-offs during the 2015-16, will look to replace former loanee Lloyd Isgrove, who returns to parent club Southampton, with the Liverpool wide man.
Due to new Football League loan rules, the Yorkshire club will have to take the youngster on a loan until January, or a full season loan with clubs now unable to recall loans at short notice.
The emergency loan window has also been scrapped, so any deal will have to be made this window.
Kent made 17 appearances while on loan at the Sky Blues during the 2015-16 season scoring one goal and providing one assist.
He made a solo appearance for the Reds in their FA Cup tie with Exeter before finishing the season with the Anfield club’s Under-21’s where he scored 3 goals and provided two assists in 14 encounters.
In other Liverpool news, Reds January target Alex Teixeira is set to quit China after just six months.