By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have made approaches for dazzling Liverpool duo Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent as they step up plans to reinforce their attacking arsenal, Football Insider understands.
The Whites are among the multiple clubs who have asked for information about the winger duo, both 22, after their outstanding loan spells last season at Derby County and Rangers.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club are yet to decide on whether to loan out Wilson and Kent again next season or sell them permanently.
Leeds face competition “from more than 10 clubs” in the Premier League, Championship and in Scotland – Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has made no attempt to hide his eagerness to sign Kent permanently – plus those in Germany, Spain and Italy for the signatures of the exciting pair.
Wilson is valued at £25million by Liverpool, who would also want a fee this summer of between £10-12million for Kent. Season-long loan deals would also cost interested clubs multi-million pound fees, plus wages.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has targeted the wide attacking positions in his squad for reinforcements as he seeks more cutting edge from his side, who had the worst conversion rate in the Championship last season en route to a third-place finish.
Football Insider exclusively broke the news on Thursday morning that United have set their sights on signing Wolves winger Helder Costa on a year-long deal.
They are also working on a deal to re-sign Manchester City winger Jack Harrison for another campaign.
The Yorkshire giants also have a longstanding interest in left winger Kent, who was named Scottish Young Player of the Year as he made rapid strides at Rangers in the recently-completed campaign.
Wilson is contracted to Liverpool until 2023 after signing a new deal last summer, while Kent has a deal with his parent club that runs until 2022.