Rangers sensation Ryan Kent has a £20million release clause in his contract amid strong Leeds United interest, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League club have had a bid worth up to £10m including add-ons knocked back by the Glasgow giants in this window.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leeds would need to double that offer to guarantee signing Kent by the 5 October cut-off.
There have been suggestions over the last month that Kent has a release clause in his contract that obliges them to sell.
It has not been confirmed by Rangers – significantly manager Steven Gerrard did not deny it, either – but Football Insider has been told the sum required to trigger the attacker’s exit is £20m.
That was inserted into the contract Kent signed when he joined permanently from Liverpool for £7m last summer.
It remains to be seen if Leeds will be willing to go that far for the 23-year-old despite his dazzling start to the season in Scotland.
United retain an interest in Kent and have been unable to agree a fee with Udinese for playmaker Rodrigo De Paul after extensive talks.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is a big admirer of Kent and is keen to recruit a young and dynamic player who can carry the ball forward, create and score goals.
Rangers made Kent their second most expensive-ever signing last summer.
He had a mixed 2019-20 after a hugely promising loan the previous campaign but he has begun this season playing the best football of his career.
The Anfield academy product has delivered a series of man-of-the-match displays and his eight matches have yielded four goals and three assists.