Rangers have made no secret of their desire to keep on-loan Liverpool ace Ryan Kent at Ibrox beyond the end of the season – but after reported interest from Fulham, they can’t allow themselves be held to ransom for the winger.
According to The Sun, Fulham sent a scout to Ibrox to watch Kent in action against Kilmarnock recently as they ponder making a move for the 22-year-old.
With clubs in England paying ridiculous fees for players who have barely made a dent in the game yet – like Dom Solanke joining Bournemouth for £20million – then Rangers simply can’t compete with that.
Hopefully, Kent’s successful loan spell would sway him towards extending his stay at Ibrox – either temporarily or permanently – but they mustn’t break the bank for him.
The sort of fee that it could take to lure him away from Anfield if Fulham do firm up their interest, could be better used elsewhere to strengthen other positions in the squad.
Obviously, keeping a player of Kent’s ability would be great but it can’t be at the expense of strengthening other areas.
Steven Gerrard’s history at Anfield would surely help when it comes to negotiating a deal for Kent but any deal needs to be the right one for Rangers and not a reaction to what someone else does.