Leeds United: Phillips - Kent will surely be Leeds United target in summer

By Kevin Phillips

21st Mar, 2021 | 8:30pm

Phillips: Leeds have 'made moves' for Ryan Kent amid verdict on new offer after '20 bid confirmed

A Premier League move is the next step for Rangers star Ryan Kent – and Leeds United will be in for him again this summer. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 24-year-old left-winger who has dazzled throughout Rangers’ magnificent season so far.

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

Rangers were subsequently keen to reward the former Liverpool man with improved terms but this site revealed in January that no deal had been struck.

Kent’s stock has continued to rise throughout the season, the 24-year-old scoring 11 and assisting 13 in 46 matches across all competitions in 2020-21.

Phillips predicted that a Premier League move was imminent for Kent, as is usually the case when a player impresses in the Scottish Premiership.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think there will be a few teams sniffing around a few of the Rangers players.

“It’s just natural. How many times have we seen it over the years? If you go up there and do well then your next move is to the Premier League.

“Ryan Kent, Leeds have obviously been linked with him and made moves for him before. He’s a Scottish champion now so why would Leeds not look at it again?

“He’s certainly a player that a lot of Premier League teams will be looking at. The big job for Stevie G is to convince him to stay and go again.”

Leeds may be forced to make a move in the transfer market this summer if they are unable to strike a permanent deal with Manchester City for Jack Harrison.

The winger has spent the past three seasons on loan with the club, making 120 appearances.

In other news, a top pundit claims Leeds United defender Diego Llorente can have a big impact for Spain at the European Championship if he can stay fit.