Aston Villa keen on signing Rangers attacker Ryan Kent amid Gerrard interest
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is reportedly keen on a reunion with Ryan Kent and will look to prise him away from Rangers.
According to the Birmingham Mail, the Premier League side are circling around the Gers attacker, who has 18 months left on his current deal.
Recently, Scottish journalist Stuart Hodge stated that the player was set to follow Gerrard out of Ibrox, but there was nothing known about Villa’s interest at the time.
Hodge told GIVEMESPORT: “Ryan Kent, obviously there’s the established Liverpool connection there and I wouldn’t be surprised if Gerrard was the factor that forced his hand.
“He’s done for the most part pretty well at Rangers, but I would say Ryan Kent would be looking to move unless something dramatic happens.”
Villa, who are owned by American billionaire Wes Edens, may be keen on triggering Kent’s release clause which is understood to be £20million.
On his way out?
A Rangers exodus was on the cards once Gerrard departed as a number of players looked like they were staying because they liked working with him.
There may be some inside the dressing room who don’t quite get along with Giovanni van Bronckhorst and that could see them leave either in January or the summer.
The Dutchman may also have his favourites and certain first-team regulars under Gerrard may now spend time on the fringes.
Kent, who has been labelled “magnificent” by Alan Hutton on Rangers TV, is nearing the prime of his career and is undoubtedly a player who could add value to the Villa attack.
With Gerrard there and the fact that it’s the Premier League, the attacker could consider leaving as it will further his chances of getting an England call-up.
Whether or not a move happens in January remains to be seen, but it is likelier to happen at the end of the season than it is now.
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