Aston Villa are looking at the possible transfer of Liverpool winger Ryan Kent but face competition from Rangers and Leeds United according to the Daily Record.

Villa do have an issue however and may need to sign Kent on a permanent deal if they wish to sign the winger.

Premier League rules that teams can only loan two players from teams in the same league as them which means signing him on a short terms basis would prevent the top flight new boys from using up their loans elsewhere.

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Liverpool would reportedly like to send Kent out on loan rather than sell him which means should Aston Villa wish to sign him it would require them using up one of their loan spots.

The Reds aren’t ruling out the sale of the youngster who they value at around £12million. The 22-year-old would undoubtedly be a good signing for the Midlands team but a loan may prove to be the better option for Dean Smith’s men.

Axel Tuanzebe and Tammy Abraham both spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and have since returned to their parent clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Tuanzebe is said to not wish to be sold by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and with Chelsea’s transfer ban being imposed it is highly unlikely they will allow Abraham to leave on a permanent basis.

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The best that Villa could hope for would be to sign them both on loan once more and this would be a better option given their experience at the club as opposed to Kent.

However, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is hoping to sign the winger and with his Liverpool connections it could see the Scottish side jump ahead in the race. Kent spent last season loan at Rangers playing 27 times and scoring six goals.

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