With little over two weeks left of the window, the theatrical transfer pursuit which threatened to run right to the end of it seems to have dried up a month or so early.
Ryan Kent’s Rangers return was being framed as that of a prodigal son, and the 22-year-old winger’s been out this week quoting the Bible in an apparent attempt to force the move.
But with Liverpool standing firm on the tricky youngster, what’s the next move in this increasingly strange debacle?
Kent has been named in Liverpool’s 25-man Premier League squad but this week turned out for the club’s development side in Premier League 2.
At the same time, Rangers have went out and bought another left-winger in Brandon Barker. A young English talent, who at 22 one can draw many comparisons with Kent from.
But Steven Gerrard has said he is willing to wait until the very last second to get the go-ahead to sign the Liverpool player. That’s how highly he rates him.
That said, Gerrard also appeared to claim the deal was dead in the water after making one last push to get him through the door when the English window slammed shut [Daily Record].
The entire thing strikes as increasingly strange. Kent’s value has dropped from a reported £12m to closer to £5m, whilst no English club has taken the punt on his services.
Rangers to are yet to make a serious cash offer for the player and Liverpool are adamant he won’t be sent out on loan.
So what’s the solution? Keep him in the reserves? Promote him to first team? Employ him as matchday catering staff at Anfield?
Something tells me this particular saga isn’t completely over yet.
Perhaps it could come down to whether or not Rangers make it to the riches of the Europa League?