By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have reignited their interest in Liverpool attacker Ryan Kent with his expected transfer to Glasgow Rangers yet to materialise, Football Insider can reveal.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are back in the running to land the 22-year-old after holding new talks via third parties over the possibility of a season-long loan.
Kent is on tour with Liverpool in the United States as Jurgen Klopp runs the rule over him in pre-season before giving the green light to a potential late-window exit.
The Champions League holders value the versatile attacker, who can play on either flank or in the number 10 role, at £10-12million but a sixth loan of his career is more likely than another loan.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made no secret of his attempts to take Kent back to Ibrox but Leeds are back in the running and believe they can offer a bigger football challenge to the player than the Glasgow giants.
Leeds have concentrated on quality loan signings this summer, including the marquee capture of Helder Costa from Wolves, and the signing of Kent would not be inexpensive as they would need to pay a multi-million pound fee, plus his wages.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has targeted the 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.
That was a trend that continued on Saturday in the second match of the club’s pre-season tour of Australia, despite a 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.
Kent has a deal with his parent club that runs until 2022.
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