Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is “increasingly likely” to sign for Rangers on loan this summer, according to local journalist Andrew Dickson.
Taking to Twitter to explain the situation, Dickson says he thinks a loan with an obligation/option to buy is the most likely outcome, with Liverpool not keen on keeping the 22-year-old in their reserves for the rest of the season:
Looks increasingly likely Kent will rejoin Rangers in this window, I did say before not to rule it out when others were doing that. Loan with an obligation to buy the most probable agreement. No point in him going stale in Liverpool’s U23s, in their interests to move him on too.
— Andrew Dickson (@mrandrewdickson) 21 August 2019
Supporters on Twitter are excited by the journalist’s claim but most are staying cautious about the potential signing:
If this isn't true im done.. pic.twitter.com/olBdGzZA2x
— AndyGRFC (@Hugh26166334) 21 August 2019
It's been the plan from the start, load up with good SPFL standard wide men (Hastie, Barker, Murphy, Middleton) that we can loan to other Scottish teams (to take points off Celtic, Aberdeen) and then sign Kent in time for the OF match. Genius!
— Paul Fitzpatrick (@fitzp22) 21 August 2019
@jamiehunter72 the sweet sweet sweet prince
— Innes (@innesfergie1997) 21 August 2019
— 🇬🇧David Whyte (@DavidWhyte1872) 21 August 2019
I think it all depends if we get to the group stages or not. If we do then he signs,if not we get rid of players to shore up the finances
— Craig Murray (@TheStig4677) 21 August 2019
— Robbie Henderson (@hendersonrobbi1) 21 August 2019
stop playin with ma heart:’(((
— 𝙛𝙡𝙮𝙮 (@fIyylol) 21 August 2019
I think the biggest stumbling would be how much is the fee for ryan next summer..but i really hope we sign ryan bcos he will b the icing on the cake this transfer window
— DJ #LETSGO #RANGERS (@delboym1872) 21 August 2019
Why don't they just sell him at a cut price and put a selling on fee to recapture some money?
— Andrew (@VinPrice) 21 August 2019
With Kent unable to sign for another English team, Liverpool’s options for selling the midfielder are limited. It means Rangers do have a good bargaining position in negotiations.
With the Reds said to be looking to offload the player permanently, though, a loan offer won’t be sufficient to persuade them. A potential transfer fee will also need to be agreed if a deal is to go through before the transfer window shuts on September 2nd.