A matter of hours after Leeds United beat Hull City to the loan signing of Everton defender Matthew Pennington, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, they could be set to frustrate their Humberside rivals once again.
The Daily Mail claim that Leeds have made an official bid to sign 20-year-old winger Ryan Kent on loan for the season from Liverpool. The report adds that Hull are also interested in the Oldham-born attacker.
Kent scored for Barnsley against Leeds in a 3-2 win in January
Therefore, the scene is set for Leeds and Hull to do battle once more over a temporary deal for one of the brightest talents on Merseyside.
Kent spent last season on loan at Barnsley in the Championship, making 42 appearances and scoring three goals to help Paul Heckingbottom’s side defy the odds and finish comfortably in mid-table.
And his future has been the subject of almost constant speculation throughout the transfer window, The Sun reporting that Bournemouth were willing to pay £6 million to sign him permanently while Celtic, Birmingham City and Brighton have also been mooted as potential destinations.
The report added that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rates Kent very highly and was keen to see him in action during pre-season. However, the club-record signing of Mo Salah from Roma means the youngster faces an even more daunting task breaking into the first-team.
Salah arrived for big money
Therefore, another temporary exit would make perfect sense. The question, however, is whether Leeds can beat Hull to a second highly-rated Merseyside youngster. The Whites have already signed Ezgjan Alioski and Hadi Sacko on permanent deals this summer but Kent’s exploits at Burnley means he will surely be welcomed with open arms at Elland Road.