Leeds United missed chance to sign 22-year-old creative Liverpool winger

Leeds United reportedly offered £5m in instalments for Liverpool’s Ryan Kent this transfer window. Heading into the final days of the English transfer window, Kent looked to be edging closer to a permanent move to Peacocks, but switch to Elland Road was scuppered by what the Whites were willing to pay for the Merseyside club youngster.

Ryan’s future has been a talking point for much of the summer after an incredibly impressive loan spell at Rangers appeared to get his career back on track. Marcelo Bielsa and Steven Gerrard were two of managers keen on signing him, but they faced competition from Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers for his signature.

Leeds seemed to be the side in the driving seat to land U20 England international, with the two clubs were in talks over a potential move for Ryan. But hopes of a deal were dashed when the Whites offered to pay £5m in instalments, while the Champions League winners were looking for double that amount.

With the English window closed, it now appears that Rangers may be the favourites to sign Ryan as Gers are still interested in re-signing the wide-man on loan this campaign. Amid his promise, some Leeds fans will be pleased that Eddie Nketiah was the footballer that the Whites landed to strengthen their front-line before the deadline passed.

English winger appears to have the potential to make a devastating impact in the Championship. But Leeds needed a replacement for Kemar Roofe before the deadline, so signing a forward on loan rather than another winger looked to be a smarter move from Bielsa’s men.