Leeds offer accepted for PL attacker, Yorkshire rivals also in pursuit - BBC journalist
By Danny Wright
Liverpool have accepted an offer from Leeds to take Ryan Kent on a season-long loan, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Humberside reporter Mike White claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that the Whites, their Yorkshire rivals Hull and an unknown club had their approaches green lighted by Liverpool.
It is understood that the onus is now on Kent, 20, to choose his next destination.
Understand Liverpool have accepted a season-long loan from #hcafc for Ryan Kent. Leeds too & one other (unknown). Down to the player now.
— Mike White (@mikewhitesport) July 19, 2017
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds have already beaten Hull to the loan signing of Matthew Pennington from Everton, but could make that a double blow for the Tigers if they land Premier League attacker Kent.
The six-times England Under-20 international spent last season on loan with Barnsley in the Championship and played a key role in helping Paul Heckingbottom’s side avoid relegation.
He has just one senior appearance to his name with Liverpool, but earned a host of experience last term as he played 47 times across all competitions for Barnsley, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
Kent, who has also had a loan spell with Coventry in the past, is a very exciting attack-minded winger who looks to have the potential to be playing regularly in the Premier League in the future.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds have had a very exciting summer and it doesn’t look as though it has stopped with this approach for Kent. The Whites already have a host of attacking talent in their squad and it seems Thomas Christiansen is eager to make sure that he has plenty of options for the upcoming Championship season. Kent usually plays on the left wing, in a similar position to Kemar Roofe and Stuart Dallas. He’s also adaptable to feature on the right, but that flank is also well-stocked with Ezgjan Alioski recently joining Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernandez in that area. It seems a move for Kent may be pointless unless one or two of those players are leaving.
In other Leeds news, a Serie A club has entered talks to sign this 26-year-old Whites player.