By Harvey Byrne
English Championship club Middlesbrough have turned their attentions from Liverpool attacker Sheyi Ojo to teammate Ryan Kent, according to a reliable journalist.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the promotion hopefuls have now turned their eyes towards the 20-year-old left-winger.
Middlesbrough have switched their attention to Liverpool's Ryan Kent instead of Sheyi Ojo.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 2, 2017
Former Leeds boss Garry Monk is the current manager of Middlesbrough and during his time with the Yorkshire giants he was heavily linked with a move for the Liverpool ace, as reported by the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
Now, he could be reigniting his interest in the youngster as he looks to build a team he believes can win an instant promotion back to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough have also shown this summer that they are prepared to spend big with deals for each of Martin Braithwaite, Britt Assombalonga, Darren Randolph and Ashley Fletcher totalling £35.5million.
Now, they could be looking to make a permanent move for Kent, who has made just one appearance for the Liverpool first team.
Football Insider verdict:
One reason Middlesbrough could now be looking at Kent is due to Liverpool being unwilling to allow Ojo to leave on a permanent deal. It is likely that they are much more open to letting Kent leave this summer given his age and lack of appearances for the club. The youngster should also prove to be a very good signing for a Championship club, but given he has never played at Premier League level a move to a side like Middlesbrough may be the best option for him to continue with his development. Now Kent could become a solid Premier League winger in the future, but Liverpool are unlikely to lose too much sleep over him if he does depart permanently.
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