Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani

Darren Bent has backed Leeds United to “take a risk” on signing Rangers defender Borna Barisic this summer.

The former Premier League and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the 27-year-old could represent good value for money for the Whites.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Leeds have set their sights on signing the Croatia international as Marcelo Bielsa looks to add a new senior left-back to his ranks.

It is understood that Rangers will demand £8million-plus for the full-back, having signed him for £2million from NK Osijek in 2018.

Bent believes that the seven-figure fee would be a reasonable price for Leeds to spend and suggests they could afford to roll the dice on taking him to Elland Road.

Bent told Football Insider: “I mean he had a very, very good season last season, he knows what it takes to succeed at a massive club like Rangers. 

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“For me, I’d be all for that. For the money as well, £8million, that’s money you can take a risk on because that’s not that much money to be fair.

“For me, that would be a very, very good signing and he’s looking to bolster his squad but he’s looking to bolster it in the right areas as well.” 

Barisic was a constant attacking threat for Rangers last season, with 14 assists under his belt.

The 12-cap international has also helped the Light Blues keep a clean sheet in their opening two games of the new Premiership season.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are battling West Brom for a defender, £6.3million will seal deal.