Darren Bent suggests it would take a “monster bid” for Rangers to sell Ryan Kent after they rejected an opening offer from Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker believes the Glasgow giants will be very reluctant to let the 23-year-old leave Ibrox this season.
Gerrard confirmed to the media on Friday that Rangers had turned down a bid from Leeds that the club felt was “nowhere near his valuation”.
🎙️ SG: Ryan (Kent) is a player we admire very much here and we have seen him develop. He is progressing very quickly and is a player we want to keep hold off. We very quickly rejected an opening bid that was nowhere near his valuation.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 21, 2020
The winger has started all four of the Gers’ Premiership games this season, with two goals under his belt already.
Bent believes Gerrard is going to dig his heels in over letting Kent depart, even if he wants to play in Premier League, and that it will take a major bid for the Light Blues to sell up.
Bent told Football Insider: “Gerrard’s probably thinking that they need him, they absolutely need him.
“They’ve got a nice little healthy gap to Celtic, six points, so why would you allow one of your best players to leave? That’s just going to make you weaker.
“It’s going to take a monster bid, I think, to get him away but it’s going to be interesting because you know what it’s like, everybody wants to play in the Premier League and it’s about when will that opportunity come around again to play in the Premier League.
“I understand why Steven Gerrard’s like: ‘We need him.'”
Kent has played a total of 80 times for Rangers since his initial loan move from Liverpool back in 2018.
He turned his temporary stay permanent in a £7million last summer.
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has ripped into a player who’s “had enough time” to settle at Ibrox.