Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has admitted the Premier League club “tried” to poach Rangers winger Ryan Kent during the summer.
Rangers reportedly rejected a £10m bid [Scottish Sun] for talismanic winger Ryan Kent amid a strong run of form as the Ibrox club laid out their intentions regarding the player.
This is something which has been reiterated by Orta, who claims that it was clear from the beginning that the Bears did not want to part ways with the ex-Liverpool winger.
The Leeds transfer guru also discussed the necessity of deals to be structured in the transfer market with their proposal for Rangers winger Kent clearly not tickling the Ibrox club’s fancy.
“I think [Kent’s] club doesn’t want to sell him,” said Orta [Yorkshire Post].
“We tried and we believe clearly Glasgow Rangers doesn’t want the player to leave. It was never their plan to put Kent in the market.
“To be honest, we were realistic in a lot of situations, about salaries, keeping the plan, balancing staying in the Premier League and spending,” he said.
“I think the clubs we did business with were really good about the terms of payment. That is really key, for cash flow.
“People were intelligent to try and divide the payment terms which is really important for cash flow, the day by day.
“I don’t know if the word is solidarity but everyone was so realistic about the situation and paying for players over two years, Valencia, Real Sociedad, all the clubs, Freiburg too.
“We all understood the rules of the market. If you are going to be strict with payment terms, perhaps you don’t sell anyone.”
Rangers gaffer Steven Gerrard has previously claimed that Leeds were “nowhere near” Rangers’ valuation of Kent with their bid this summer.
The winger has been electric form at the start of this season and with a full pre-season under his belt, looks to have taken the next step in his development at Ibrox.
Kent has five goals and five assists so far this term as he adds numbers to his game in the final third and the winger just looks a much more direct, dynamic force this season.
Rangers fans lauded the winger for comments he made about staying with Rangers amid the reported interest from Leeds United.