Leeds United transfer news RECAP: Ryan Kent latest, Ally McCoist and Kris Boyd fire warnings
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Leeds United transfer news LIVE: August 23
Last updated: Sunday, 23 August, 2020, 18:47
- Transfer window closes on October 5.
- New season starts with clash at Liverpool on September 12.
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A ‘spectacular own goal’ if Kent is sold to Leeds
Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has had his say on the Ryan Kent situation in his column in the Scottish Sun. Boyd said: “If Rangers sell Ryan Kent to Leeds, they can almost certainly kiss goodbye to any hope of winning the Premiership title. The winger is the best player on the books at Ibrox by a distance and the club should not even be entertaining offers. Given what is at stake this season — with Celtic chasing ten in a row — it would be a catastrophic blow for boss Steven Gerrard to lose Kent.” Boyd added: “With proven matchwinners in big games few and far between, his exit would have dire consequences for Rangers and Gerrard. Everything at Ibrox right now, from the top of the club to the bottom, should be geared towards halting Celtic’s charge towards the title. If they do the unthinkable and go ahead and sell Kent, it would be a spectacular own goal. ” The full column can be read at the link below
Chris Wood hails Whites
Former United striker Chris Wood has been speaking to TVNZ about Leeds and West Brom sealing promotion to the Premier League having played for both clubs. “It was nice seeing them both come up, I had great times at both of them,” said the Burnley striker. “West Brom have been up and down and have been in the prem for a long time so it was much nicer seeing Leeds get up there. It's been way too long, I enjoyed my two years there and I’m hoping to see them stay up for a long period of time. I think with the manager they've got they will be. They've just been a big club in the wrong division for a long period of time. And rightly so, because they were run poorly 15 years ago. But they're fantastic now, they've got a great manager behind them, they've got a team playing absolutely incredible. They're going to be a real force in the Prem, they're looking to stay up and if not go better.”
Ally McCoist warning over Ryan Kent
Speaking on Scottish Football Extra on BT Sport, McCoist said of Kent: "Unless it’s an extreme amount of money, I don’t think you can sell him. He’s the one player you’ve got that’s capable of doing something a little bit different and creating something and scoring. He’s something different that Rangers don’t have. There’s a predictability about them in the middle, I think.”
Gotts loan latest
Huddersfield Town are reportedly close to taking Whites youngster Robbie Gotts on loan with the Terriers under boss Carlos Corberan also thought to be keen on Pascal Struijk though it would be hard to see him leaving at the moment with the shortage of centre-backs. Corberan said on Friday: “In this period of time, every club is focused on the market and in the market some opportunities can arrive from Leeds, other opportunities can arrive from League One and other opportunities are going to come from out of England.”
The Stoke Sentinel are reporting that Stoke will take on Leeds in a friendly at The Potters’ training ground on Tuesday, September 1.
Ryan Kent latest
Asked about Leeds target Ryan Kent, for whom one bid has already been rejected, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told the Glasgow Evening Times: "Every player has different things in their contracts, that's just the way it is. Negotiations take place between each individual and the club and it's not my place to divulge what is in an individual's contract. What I will say is that if the valuation of any player is met then as much as I would like the final say on it, it will probably be taken out of my hands." Gerrard added: "I'm a realist. I'm not soft, I'm not stupid. I realise the power of Leeds now that they are a Premier League team. I get it. They have also got to respect and understand that he is one of our main players. He is a fantastic player. We have spent two years trying to build something here that is competitive. And he is a big part of that jigsaw. So he is someone that we want to fight to keep. But, you know, everyone has a number, a valuation. Right now, where it stands, Leeds are nowhere near that."