By Doug Ward

21st Jul, 2021 | 7:40am

West Ham bid for Kai Kennedy was £600,000, rejected by Rangers

West Ham’s £600,000 bid for Kai Kennedy has been rejected by Rangers, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper claims the Hammers have tracked Kennedy, 19, for months and want to “lure the talented teenager” to the Premier League this summer.

Kennedy is flattered by the interest and has been quoted as saying: “It is extremely flattering that West Ham have made offers for me and it would be a great opportunity to be able to work with a top manager such as David Moyes, but I am a Rangers player until I am told otherwise.”

The youngster’s agent Paul Tait has also spoken out and said: “West Ham are very keen on Kai and they have shown that in their offers to Rangers.

“There are a lot of clubs interested in Kai and we will have to wait and see what Rangers decide to do with him.”

Derisory

West Ham have had a slow start to their summer transfer window and you can see why when they are making derisory bids like that.

Kennedy is one of the hottest prospects we have at Ibrox and we’d really like to see him stay next season and challenge for a spot in the first-team.

Steven Gerrard isn’t blessed with an abundance of wingers in his squad and with Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker being two players who should be sold, Kennedy has a clear pathway into Gerrard’s plans unless new signings are made.

Last season, Kennedy played on loan at Raith and Inverness.

He made 24 Scottish Championship appearances across both spells, scoring two goals and supplying four assists in the process.

While those numbers don’t exactly leap off the page, there’s no denying the youngster is still a work in process.

Rangers handed Kennedy a new contract until 2023 in January.

Let’s hope they continue to show faith in the attacker and only allow him to leave if a decent offer is made by West Ham or whoever else is interested in signing him.

In other Rangers news, fans want the Gers to sign this available centre-back after a transfer report was published.