Leeds United have been frustrated by Brighton in their attempts to land Ben White. Three bids in; three bids knocked back. There’s a sense of deja vu too with interest in Rangers winger Ryan Kent. They bid £10m and were then given a firm rebuke by Steven Gerrard. Knocked back, no dice.
£10m is a lot of money but obviously not enough to make the Gers blink in this particular Mexican stand-off. They have batted it back at Leeds United and continue to get on with their season. However, Leeds United are nothing if determined and there’s a lot of noise that they will be back in with another bid.
This is supported by the following from Sun reporter Alan Nixon:
Leeds. Hoping a vast pay hike gets Ryan Kent interested in the move. Rangers snubbed offer so far. But Prem wages could yet be a factor.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 23, 2020
Marcelo Bielsa rates Kent very highly, or so the social media natter goes. After his showing in the Gers 2-0 win against Kilmarnock on Saturday, it is easy to see why he thinks this way. Kent, given a free role, ran the game. The former Liverpool youngster, who cost SPL side Rangers around £7m, also scored his third goal of the season.
If Kent keeps scoring, then his value keeps rising – it is as simple as that. Leeds United will need to reappraise their strategy and lodge a suitable bid. Couple that with a ‘double your money’ attitude and the Whites could very well get their man.