Aston Villa are considering a move for Ryan Kent, who became one of Steven Gerrard’s most trusted players at Rangers.
According to The Metro, Aston Villa could approach Rangers in January for winger Ryan Kent. The former Liverpool player had flourished under Steven Gerrard in Scotland, and it appears the newly-appointed Villa boss is eyeing a potential reunion at Villa Park.
Aston Villa have been in the news for all sorts of reasons lately. After an alarming dip in form, losing their last four Premier League games, the club decided to part company with manager Dean Smith. The Midland club acted swiftly to appoint Gerrard at the helm.
The Liverpool legend is expected to arrest their recent slump and bring balance within the club, with an upturn in results. Additionally, the club might have promised him a decent transfer kitty to strengthen the squad in the January window. Aston Villa are already laying the groundwork on a few signings.
The key areas for Gerrard are midfield and attacking positions, with some players already seeing their names linked. There are also reports of a few players from Rangers who could be targeted, with midfielder Glen Kamara an early subject of transfer speculation.
They are also linked with Tottenham star Harry Winks who is looking for a new challenge, though Villa might only utilise him as a backup to current first-choice midfielders. Gerrard, meanwhile, is fancying a raid on his former club, for the pursuit of Kent.
Formerly of Liverpool, the winger was one of Gerrard’s most trusted players at Ibrox. He has made over 130 appearances for the club, scoring 10-goals in their title-winning season, when Rangers went unbeaten throughout the campaign.
Gerrard now wants Kent back under his wing and believes the signing would immensely help Aston Villa in their pursuit of progress this season. However, Rangers will certainly not let go of their player cheaply, with reporters suggesting the Scottish side could demand a transfer fee of £20 million.
Villa has the resources to spend that kind of money, but it remains to be seen whether the board sanctions the move. It won’t be surprising to see the Villans looking for potential alternatives as well, given Kent’s lack of experience in the Premier League or any of Europe’s top five leagues, for that matter.