West Ham United have lodged a bid for Rangers playmaker Kai Kennedy, but the Scottish Premiership giants have rejected it, according to a recent report from the Daily Record.
Norwich City and an unnamed French club are also keen on the 19-year-old, but the Ibrox side are insisting that the player remains part of their plans going forward.
Kai spent last campaign on loan at Raith Rovers and Inverness Caley Thistle, penning a fresh two-and-half-year contract in January, but it remains to be seen whether he’d spend the new campaign at Ibrox.
The Premier League pair want to snap up the highly-regarded winger, and Rangers aren’t looking to allow that to occur having lost Billy Gilmour to Chelsea some years ago.
They need to hold on to their talented young players now more than ever, with the sides south of the border fresh concentrating on youth teams in the country after Brexit stopped them from bringing in foreign youngsters.
Scottish Championship pair Partick Thistle and Dunfermline want Kai on loan [Daily Record] and keeping the star around in Scotland would be the no-brainer thing to do.
The Rangers attacking midfielder is not going to get into the Irons’ or the Canariers’ senior team right away, and that rules out any loan transfer.
He was linked with AS Roma, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich last summer [Daily Record], and was named among the continent’s elite youngsters in UEFA’s Youth League best XI in June.
The club have got a top prospect on their hands without doubt, but he’d need to spend next ter on loan, ideally with a Premiership outfit, to prove that he is ready to play at Rangers going forward.
Elsewhere, Liverpool look set to bank £17 million in transfer sums with Rangers-linked Taiwo Awoniyi and the Serbia international Marko Grujic both set to quit the club.
Awoniyi, who was previously mentioned with a move to the Gers, is set to complete a £6.5 million transfer to the German side Union Berlin, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Meanwhile, Marko is currently in Portugal to seal a permanent return to the Liga NOS giants Porto having spent last term on loan at Estadio do Dragao.
Both Rangers and their arch-rivals Celtic were linked to the player in January by 90min.com with Steven Gerard‘s side being mentioned alongside the star once again this summer.