By Harry Sykes
Leeds United will abandon their pursuit of Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Championship outfit have been put off after learning that Kent is keen to sign a new contract with the Premier League club.
It is said that Bournemouth are also ready to call a halt to their bid to sign the wide midfielder, 20.
Leeds have been linked for some time with a move for Kent, who is a product of the Liverpool academy and has made only one senior appearance to date for the club.
The Coventry Evening Telegraph claim the Merseysiders have been stung into offering the 20-year-old a new contract due to the interest of Leeds and Bournemouth.
But Kent’s price tag would increase significantly if he extended his deal with Liverpool beyond the current agreement, which expires in the summer of 2019.
This would most likely make him unattainable for second-tier outfit Leeds, who are unlikely to spend big in the summer market.
Kent has spent this season on loan with Championship side Barnsley and has been a mainstay of the team that secured a comfortable mid-table finish.
He started 38 of their 46 league matches, scoring three goals and supplying three assists, and accumulated 47 appearances in all competitions.
The England Under-20 international had a loan spell at Coventry last season and made 17 appearances for the League One club.
Football Insider verdict:
Kent is not a star yet, but he could develop into one at Leeds under Monk’s guidance. His chances of making it an Anfield appear slim – he has made just one senior appearance to date – and the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold are above him in the pecking order of emerging stars at the club. At Leeds, he could be an ideal fit. Monk, Pep Clotet and James Beattie have showed at Leeds and Swansea their skill in developing young players and drilling them to fit their style of play. It could be win-win for both parties.
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