Phillips: Leeds tipped to launch new Kent bid tomorrow amid £13.4m reveal
Leeds United could launch a new bid for Ryan Kent if Rangers are knocked out of the Champions League tomorrow night.
That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Whites’ long-standing interest in the 24-year-old.
According to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay (August 4th), fans should ‘not discount’ the possibility of the Yorkshire club reigniting their pursuit of Kent in this window.
Leeds failed with numerous bids for the winger 12 months ago but Marcelo Bielsa remains a big fans of the player.
Kent has two years remaining on his contract at Ibrox.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Kent’s future, Phillips said: “I’m not sure if Kent would leave Rangers right now.
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“He looks like he is really happy up there.
“At some point a decision will need to be made because on either Leeds’ or the player’s part because the interest has been around for a long time now.
“Can they get the deal wrapped up? He is a top-quality player who I think would improve even more in the Premier League, especially under someone like Bielsa.
“Leeds will be sitting there and hoping that Rangers don’t qualify for the Champions League group stages because if they don’t they might need to raise some funds from a player sale.
“It is also a big reason for someone like Kent to stay at Rangers, Champions League football.
“It sounds like Leeds are sitting in the background waiting to see what happens and if Rangers did get knocked out, I can see them making their move.”
Rangers must overturn a 2-1 deficit against Malmo at Ibrox on Tuesday to progress to the final Champions League qualifying round where they will face Olympiakos or Ludogorets.
Qualification for the Champion League group stages brings with it a guaranteed £13.4million windfall.