Darren Bent has tipped Liverpool winger Ryan Kent to snub Leeds United and other suitors and re-sign for Rangers in the next week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international does not believe the Gers’ hopes of landing the 22-year-old are completely dead in the water.
Manager Steven Gerrard has claimed in the last 24 hours that the club’s pursuit of Kent is over because Liverpool are holding out for their seven-figure valuation of the player, which Sky Sports now claim is around £7million, to be met.
That figure is said to be outside of Rangers’ price range, but Bent believes the club can still strike a deal if the player makes it clear he wants to move to Ibrox permanently.
“Things change in the transfer window, especially in the last few days when deals go down to the wire,” Bent told Football Insider. “If I was Ryan Kent I would be looking to go to Rangers and it could still happen, don’t rule anything out.
“At some stage in your career, you need to join a club permanently, you need to make yourself at home. You can’t keep going out on loan.”
Kent has had five consecutive spells on loan away from Liverpool, including at Rangers last season, and has made just a single appearance for his parent club.
Bent added: “He needs to settle down and be at a club where he will play regularly. When you go on loan, you are living in a hotel or in an apartment for a year. It’s far from ideal.
“Rangers are ideal for Ryan Kent. He knows the club well and has performed impressively, he is wanted by Steven Gerrard and has played his best football for him.
“There is no need to go anywhere other than Rangers.”
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