Pundit claims £7m Champions League star will sign pre-contract deal, Leeds are interested

Andy Walker has told Go Radio that Rangers star Ryan Kent will sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club in January if he does not sign a new deal at Ibrox – amid reports that Leeds were readying a late move in the summer.

Kent, 25, has been sensational for Rangers since joining the club in 2018, initially on loan. He signed a season later on a permanent basis for £7million. In that time, he has produced 80 goal involvements in just 184 appearances.

The England youth international is struggling this season, though. Andy Halliday recently said he looks “devoid of confidence” and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s tactics are holding the ex-Liverpool winger back. His future is in doubt.

At the end of the season, Kent will be out of contract. It means from January 1, clubs can approach Kent on a pre-contract deal. Leeds may make a move, after The Mail said they could make a move for Kent before the deadline.

Speaking about Kent’s future, ex-Celtic attacker and Sky Sports commentator Walker told Go Radioas per The Scotsman – that he will sign a pre-contract deal in January, if he does not sign a new deal with Rangers beforehand.

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“I think he’ll sign for another club in January, he’ll sign a pre-contract and it’s a big loss. Not just a talented player but in a business sense you’re not getting any money for him,” Walker said, on Kent’s future at Rangers.

Walker: Rangers star Kent will sign pre-contract amid Leeds reports

Kent has been phenomenal for Rangers. But this season, it is clear something is holding him back. Is it van Bronckhorst’s tactics at Ibrox? It seems unlikely, given Kent starred for Rangers last season under the Dutch boss.

This season, something else is bothering him and the likelihood is, is that the lack of clarity over his future is on his mind. If Leeds can get him on a free, it would be wonderful business. A player Marcelo Bielsa wanted at Leeds.

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