'To be honest...' - Club chief suggests 'strict' Rangers transfer approach after summer bid
Leeds United’s director of football Victor Orta has confirmed that the Premier League club tried to sign Rangers forward Ryan Kent in the transfer window.
Kent, 23, has been in sensational form for the Light Blues in the opening weeks of this season, scoring five goals and supplying five assists in 12 appearances across all competitions.
It was widely reported that Leeds had a £10million offer batted away by Rangers in August and Orta has now suggested that the Glasgow giants refused to be flexible with payment plans, unlike other clubs he dealt with during the window.
“I think [Kent’s] club doesn’t want to sell him,” Orta told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We tried and we believe clearly Glasgow Rangers doesn’t want the player to leave. It was never their plan to put Kent in the market.
“To be honest, we were realistic in a lot of situations, about salaries, keeping the plan, balancing staying in the Premier League and spending.
“I think the clubs we did business with were really good about the terms of payment. That is really key, for cash flow.
“People were intelligent to try and divide the payment terms which is really important for cash flow, the day by day.
“We all understood the rules of the market. If you are going to be strict with payment terms, perhaps you don’t sell anyone.”
Why would Rangers want to sell Kent?
The former Liverpool attacker has been one of the best players in Scottish football since the sport resumed in August so there’s no way he would have been sold on the cheap.
Leeds’ bid for Kent also went in before Europa League qualifying was completed. Kent scored one goal, assisted another and won a penalty in the 4-0 win away at Willem II in the third round of qualifying – the decision not to let him go was totally justified.
Rangers must feel that Kent will earn them more money by staying in Glasgow rather than being sold to a Premier League club.
Of course, there could come a day when the 23-year-old wants to return south of the border to prove that Liverpool were wrong to sell him on when they did but from everything that’s been reported over the last few months, there’s no suggestion of that happening just yet.
Leeds are more than welcome to bid for our players.
But when they’re as derisory as that one they made for Kent, there’s absolutely no way discussions are going to get to the stage they want them to get.