In a boost for Rangers’ hopes of holding onto Ryan Kent, Leeds United are reportedly close to a £30m deal for Man United winger Dan James.
Leeds have been linked with Kent for some time.
They saw a bid rejected last summer that was reportedly in the region of £10m [BBC Sport] and while they didn’t return to the negotiating table, Marcelo Bielsa is said to have remained an admirer and speculation has continued.
For example, GiveMeSport reported earlier this month that the Whites were considering a double swoop for Kent and his Gers teammate Glen Kamara before the end of the window.
However, James has been linked with a switch to Elland Road for even longer than Kent.
A proposed transfer from Swansea City collapsed in January 2019 [BBC Sport] and Leeds were tipped to go for him again last summer before instead signing Raphinha.
Now, though, it looks like the speedster is finally heading to Yorkshire.
BBC Sport reports that Leeds are ‘closing in’ on a club-record deal, with a £30m fee agreed in principle and only final details left to complete.
The transfer is expected to be announced before Tuesday night’s deadline and when it is, it will all but confirm that Kent isn’t heading to Elland Road, as the Whites won’t be paying eight-figure fees for two wingers on the final day of the window.
Kent is likely to have many other admirers but with a hefty price tag and a lack of concrete links to other clubs, the chances of him remaining at Ibrox until at least January look high.
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