Reliable journalist details hurdle in Leeds pursuit of PL attacker after reported accepted offer
By Danny Wright
Leeds are facing a big hurdle in their pursuit of Liverpool attacker Ryan Kent, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that United’s Yorkshire rivals Hull “are strong favourites” to land the Anfield youngster.
Hay added that Kent would need to sign a new contract with Liverpool before he leaves Merseyside on a season-long loan for a second year in a row.
Leeds do like Kent but Hull are strong favourites. Needs to sign a deal at Liverpool before he goes anywhere.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 19, 2017
This comes after BBC Humberside journalist Mike White reported on his personal Twitter account earlier on Wednesday that Liverpool had accepted loan offers from Leeds, Hull and an unknown club.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds have already managed to beat Hull to the loan signing of Matthew Pennington from Everton, meaning that the Whites will be hopeful that they can prove a more enticing prospect once more to a Merseyside youngster.
Premier League attacker Kent spent last season on temporary terms with Barnsley and was a key part in helping Paul Heckingbottom’s overachieve in the Championship and avoid an expected relegation.
Having only ever made one senior appearance for Liverpool, Kent played 47 times across all competitions for Barnsley last season, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
Football Insider Verdict
If Kent had to choose between Hull and Leeds it would be a very tough call to make. Thomas Christiansen already has Kemar Roofe and Stuart Dallas who can play on the left wing like Kent, meaning that he isn’t going to be instantly guaranteed a first-team spot. Loan moves should always be decided on how much experience players are going to get, and a move to the KCOM Stadium might give him more than 40 Championship appearances next term. That isn’t going to be the case at Elland Road, so Leeds might look as though they could miss out on this deal. Christiansen has to look at adding more defensive options as his next step, he has plenty of wingers.
In other Leeds news, a Serie A club has entered talks to sign this 26-year-old Whites player.