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New Kent blow for Gerrard as Leeds splash out on £30m striker

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After failing to attract a worthwhile offer for Alfredo Morelos or Borna Barasic hopes of Dembele dollars coming in for Ryan Kent appear to have suffered a similar fate.

Last week word emerged from outwth Yorkshire that Leeds United had made an offer for the flying Ibrox winger.

In his specially choreographed Zoom media conference on Friday questions about Kent were to the fore with Gerrard repeatedly speculating about a follow up bid.

There hasn’t been the slightest sign of interest in Kent from Leeds but today the newly promoted EPL side are making their mark in the transfer market.

The Guardian reports:

Leeds are on the verge of making their first marquee signing since returning to the Premier League after reaching an agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Spain striker Rodrigo.

The La Liga club announced on their website on Tuesday evening that a deal in principle has been agreed, for a reported £30m fee. Personal terms and a medical for the player are still to be finalised.

The 29-year-old has scored 59 goals in 220 games for Valencia since joining from Benfica in 2014, initially on loan, and would boost Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking options ahead of Leeds’ first season back in the English top flight for 16 years.

A statement on Valencia’s official website read: “Valencia CF have reached a preliminary agreement with Leeds United FC this Tuesday for the transfer of Rodrigo Moreno, at the expense of completing all the documentation and other formalities and passing the mandatory medical examination.

“Valencia CF want to thank [Rodrigo] for his commitment and effort over the last six seasons,” the statement added. “Valencia wish him all the best in this new stage of his sports career.”

Over the next week bids are expected to come in from England for Connor Goldston.

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