RANGERS’ £7million winger Ryan Kent came close to joining Leeds United before Elland Road boss Mercelo Bielsa had a change of mind.

The pacy flanker was on the verge of moving from Liverpool to the Championship side, according to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Bielsa had monitored Kent’s situation since the player had returned to the Anfield outfit following his successful loan period at Ibrox.

Apparently, Leeds had agreed an initial down payment of £4million for the 22-year-old attacker which would have risen to £7million with add-ons throughout the campaign.

However, a performance from Jack Harrison in a 3-1 league win over Bristol City on the opening day of the term persuaded the Yorkshire side’s manager he would be better off spending money on a new striker.

He turned his attention to Arsenal frontman Eddie Nketiah and the youngster has made a whirlwind start to his career at Elland Road with three goals in five games.

Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard doggedly pursued Kent and got his man just before the Monday midnight deadline, making the player the second-highest purchase in Gers’ history after £12million Tore Andre Flo who arrived from Chelsea in 2000.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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