Sources: Leeds launch swoop to sign £10m-valued attacker
By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are ready to make a loan-to-buy swoop for Liverpool attacker Ryan Kent as they look to plug the gap caused by the imminent exit of Kemar Roofe, Football Insider can reveal.
Football Insider first revealed United’s interest in Kent early in the window before they called a halt to their pursuit after being told he wanted either a permanent move this window or a loan back to Ibrox.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are back in the running to land the 22-year-old and are set to explore the possibility of a deal in which Kent would join on loan with a view to signing permanently in 12 months.
The Yorkshire giants signed Helder Costa on such a deal last month, committing to paying Wolves £15million for him to become a Leeds player in the summer of 2020.
Now, they could look to offer similar terms to Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of Kent going out on a sixth consecutive season-long loan.
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The Champions League holders value the versatile attacker, who can play on either flank or in the number 10 role, at £10million and it remains to be seen whether they will be open to waiting a year for the money.
Leeds have concentrated on quality loan signings this summer, and have yet to pay a transfer fee for a player despite sanctioning a series of major-money exits, including the sale of Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Burnley today.
That is set to be followed by the sale of Roofe to Anderlecht, with the transfer set to be finalised this weekend as he heads to Brussels to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.
Kent has a deal with Liverpool that runs until 2022.
In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa is freezing out senior outfield international and wants him gone this month.