EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey

Ryan Kent has told friends he’s “desperate” to join Rangers permanently as the club plot a big-money bid for him, Football Insider has learned.

The Liverpool winger, 22, is pushing to move to Ibrox for a second time after failing to secure a transfer from Anfield before the English window shut.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Kent has made it clear behind the scenes of his desire to re-join Rangers and link up again with Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, the Scottish giants are still in talks with the Champions League holders over the terms of a deal and there is genuine hope a breakthrough can be secured.

Rangers are readying a loan-to-buy bid that would include an obligation to sign him permanently for around £6million at the end of the season.

That is a mammoth sum for the Light Blues and would be the biggest fee they have spent since signing Mikel Arteta from Barcelona for £5.8million in 2002.

However, Liverpool still want £10million for Kent, who they have made clear they would rather sell permanently this summer rather than offload in the sixth consecutive loan spell of his nomadic career.

One thing in Rangers’ favour is that Liverpool will be aware of the possibility of the winger’s value diminishing if he remains kicking his heels at Anfield.

The winger is not in the first-team squad and was mysteriously absent from the Under-23s side that lost to Chelsea on Monday night despite being fully fit.

In other Rangers news, a medical has been completed as club agree to pay six-figure fee for Ibrox player.