By Noel Whelan

18th Jul, 2019 | 10:00am

Exclusive: Whelan convinced Leeds can win race to sign 'Special' player from giants


Noel Whelan is convinced Leeds United can beat Rangers to the loan signing of “special” Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker believes the stature of the Yorkshire giants, combined with star players like Helder Costa, can be enough to convince the winger to move to Elland Road.

Leeds have have been linked with a summer loan swoop for 22-year-old winger Kent, amid competing interest from Rangers and their manager Steven Gerrard.

“If I was Kent, I would want to play week in, week out,” Whelan told Football Insider. “At Liverpool it will be very difficult for the young man, as the only games he would get would be in the League Cup. There is just too much strength in depth for him to play regularly.

“At both Leeds and Rangers, he would be a standout player. He has had a year at Rangers and developed well, but the Championship is a bigger challenge than the SPL.

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“Leeds are a very attractive proposition to Kent. He would be playing with top players like Helder Costa and in front of huge, passionate crowds where every match matters. Leeds are a special club and capable of attracting special players.”

Steven Gerrard has made no attempt to hide his desire to re-sign Kent for a second consecutive campaign, but has admitted the ball is in the court of Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp.

Marcelo Bielsa’s presence at Valley Parade on Sunday for Bradford City’s pre-season friendly against a youthful Liverpool side including Kent, suggested genuine competition for him.

Kent’s future is on hold as has travelled with the Liverpool senior squad this week on their pre-season tour of the USA amid the absences of star attacking trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who have been on Africa Cup of Nations or Copa America duty.

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