The Sun (March 16th, Page 50) reports that Leeds United are interested in signing tricky Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, however the Anfield club are to offer the 20-year-old a new contract. Kent has impressed on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley this season so far.
AFC Bournemouth are also said to be monitoring the progress of the youngster, who perfectly fits the DNA for the sort of player Eddie Howe loves to sign. Kent, who also shone out on loan at Coventry City last season, would love to fight for his place under Jurgen Klopp with the Reds once his temporary deal at Oakwell expires.
With Liverpool now seemingly keen to keep the player at the club, it would appear the likes of Leeds and Bournemouth are to be left disappointed. Should Bournemouth avoid relegation and/or Leeds gain promotion, then they do at least have top flight football to offer and possibly more immediate first-team opportunities that he’d possibly get at Liverpool.
Kent may have only scored twice in 38 appearances for Barnsley this season at the time of writing, but he clearly offers a big deal in terms of creativity down the flank. He is confident using either foot, playing down either wing. He is the sort of player which gets the crowd on the edge of their seats, and certainly wouldn’t look out of place should Leeds somehow snap him up. Garry Monk however does have a plethora of options available to him in the wide areas at present, although of course he will still want to improve his squad next season, regardless of what division they find themselves in.