Revealed: Rangers told to pay increased fee in talks to bring matchwinner to Ibrox
By Wayne Veysey
Rangers must pay an increased loan fee to re-sign Ryan Kent for a second season, Football Insider can reveal.
The Glasgow giants are working on a deal to recapture the winger from Liverpool after his successful debut campaign ended with the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award.
A Rangers source has told Football Insider that the club remain in talks with the Champions League winners about signing Kent and are hopeful they can win the race for his signature.
But Liverpool want a higher loan fee for the 22-year-old than what Rangers paid in the summer of last year, which was well in excess of £1million.
The Merseyside giants believe Kent is now a far more valuable asset after the best season of his career and that the price paid for him must reflect that.
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Liverpool value Kent at around the £10-12million mark and are open to selling him on a permanent deal this summer.
But a loan move remains a realistic option for the wide man, who is open to returning to Glasgow for a second campaign and continuing his development under Anfield icon Steven Gerrard.
As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds United are interested in signing Kent on loan, but their approach has been knocked back, while Middlesbrough are also interested.
Kent proved he was a bona fide matchwinner in Scotland last season, scoring six goals and supplying nine assists from 43 matches in all competitions, and delivering a series of impressive performances.
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic have hijacked transfer just as Ibrox deal is close.