By Kevin Phillips

29th Mar, 2021 | 7:00am

Phillips: Costa offer is 'tipping point' in new Leeds bid for Ryan Kent

The potential sale of Helder Costa could pave the way for Ryan Kent to join Leeds United this summer. 

That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the White’s transfer plans.

This site revealed last week that Leeds are willing to listen to offers for Costa so they can boost their transfer funds. 

Leeds had a bid rejected for Rangers star Kent in the summer, as confirmed by manager Steven Gerrard at the time.

Phillips insists the sale of Costa will open to door for Leeds to return for Kent this summer after their failed pursuit last year.

“I think so. The move paves the way for Leeds to go after whoever they want really,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs when asked if Leeds could return for Kent this summer.

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“They’ll be in a strong position to recruit with the way they play and the manager they have, the way they attack there are a lot of players who will want to be a part of that. 

“I keep saying as well, once that ground is full it is one hell of a place to play football. 

“Kent’s been linked with them before so Costa getting sold could be the tipping point. Once they free up some money they can make a decent offer for him.”

Kent has been in sparkling form for Rangers this season, picking up eight goals and nine assists in 33 Scottish Premiership appearances.

Costa is being kept out of the Leeds side by Raphinha and Jack Harrison after failing to establish himself as a key player since his permanent move to Elland Road last summer.

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