By Adefunmiloye Alani

20th Jul, 2021 | 7:58am

Rangers knock back West Ham bid for midfielder Kai Kennedy

West Ham United have tabled a bid for Rangers attacking midfielder Kai Kennedy, but the Scottish Premiership champions have rejected it, according to Daily Record.

Norwich City and an unnamed French side are also interested in the 19-year-old, but the Ibrox outfit are insisting that he remains part of their plans going forward.

Kennedy spent last season on loan at Inverness Caley Thistle and Raith Rovers, penning a new two-and-half-year deal in January, but it remains to be seen whether he would spend the new season at Ibrox.

Smart move

The Premier League duo wants to snap up the highly-rated winger, and Rangers are not looking to allow that to happen having lost Billy Gilmour to Chelsea some seasons ago.

We need to hold on to our talented young players now more than ever, with the clubs south of the border now concentrating on youth teams in Scotland after Brexit stopped them from bringing in foreign kids.

Scottish Championship duo Partick Thistle and Dunfermline want Kennedy on loan [Daily Record] and keeping him around in Scotland would be the smart thing to do.

The Rangers playmaker is not going to get into West Ham’s or Norwich’s first-team right away, and that rules out any loan move.

Kennedy was linked with AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Sheffield United last summer [Daily Record], and was named among Europe’s elite youngsters in UEFA’s Youth League best XI last month.

We have got a top prospect on our hands without any iota of doubt, but he would need to spend next season on loan, ideally with a Premiership side, to prove that he is ready to play for Rangers going forward.

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