EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Rangers have reached a verbal agreement with Ryan Kent to re-sign him from Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp gives the green light for another loan spell, Football Insider can reveal.
Manager Steven Gerrard has held extensive talks with Kent and his former club about a second year-long spell in Glasgow, and is confident his club are now in prime position to get the deal done.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the move now hinges on Klopp allowing Kent to secure the sixth loan of his career.
THe 22-year-old winger, who has been back in pre-season training with his parent club for the last week, has been the subject of strong interest from teams keen to take him on loan for next season, including Leeds United.
Liverpool are open to selling Kent permanently, but have not found a buyer willing to pay their valuation of between £10-12million for their academy product.
The Merseysiders and manager Klopp increasingly believe the player could benefit from another season working under Gerrard after finding the best form of his career last season.
He scored six goals and supplied nine assists from 43 matches in all competitions as he ended with the coveted Scottish PFA young player of the year award.
Liverpool are hoping that an even more impressive season in Glasgow for Kent would significantly enhance his value.
The young attacker has a contract at Anfield that runs until the summer of 2022, so Liverpool feel they are under no pressure to rush into a sale before next month’s transfer deadline.
Gerrard has consistently spoken of his desire to re-sign Kent and adding him to a squad that already includes one attacking Liverpool player, Sheyi Ojo, who joined last month on a season-long loan.
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are plotting a bid to re-sign a player with 151 Premier League appearances under his belt.