Leeds United move on to other targets after Kent snub - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

21st Apr, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Leeds set sights on new forward signing after Ryan Kent snub

Leeds United will move on to other targets after being told Ryan Kent plans to stay at Rangers for at least another year, Football Insider understands.

This site broke the news on Tuesday that Kent is set to snub Leeds’ latest interest and stay at Ibrox next season.

It remains to be seen if Kent is willing to discuss an extension to his Rangers contract but there is comfort for his club that he wants a crack at next season’s Champions League.

For Leeds, they will now pursue other players on the list of potential forward targets drawn up by Victor Orta and his recruitment team ahead of the summer.

The Yorkshire giants have made huge strides this season during an extremely impressive Premier League return.

But there are plans to bring in new signings to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s team and one of the top targets is a versatile wide forward.

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This comes amid doubts over the future of Helder Costa, who has been a disappointment since joining from Wolves in the summer of 2019 on an initial loan that became permanent last summer.

With Pablo Hernandez also potentially leaving in the summer, Leeds could bring in two senior attacking signings even if Jack Harrison completes a permanent move from Man City.

Kent has been of interest to Leeds for a number of years and they tabled a confirmed bid last summer that was rejected by Rangers.

Football Insider exclusively revealed last September that Kent has a £20million release clause in his contract.

But it appears that will be irrelevant in this summer’s window as Kent plans for a fourth season at Ibrox.

He has made 48 appearances for Rangers this term, scoring 12 goals and providing 13 assists.

In other news, Gabby Agbonlahor has ripped into Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville after what he heard from Patrick Bamford at Leeds United.