Rangers have confirmed that Ryan Kent has completed his transfer deadline day switch from Liverpool on a four-year deal.
Kent will now be be reunited with Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, after the 22-year-old wideman spent last season on loan at Ibrox.
Rangers said on Twitter: “#RangersFC are delighted to confirm the return of @ryankent to the club on a permanent basis from @LFC. The winger has signed a four-year-deal with the Gers after spending the 2018/19 season on loan at Ibrox.”
Liverpool told Rangers they were not interested in letting Kent return to Ibrox for a second season on loan and the Glasgow giants returned with a permanent cash offer.
The deal is worth just over £7million and Liverpool feel that is good business for a player who managed just one senior appearance in the FA Cup.
Rangers boss Gerrard will be pleased to have landed Kent permanently as the 22-year-old was a big success at Ibrox last season.
Kent scored six goals and made nine assists as he won Scotland’s Young Player of the Year and was named in Scotland’s Team of the Season.
He will wear the number 14 shirt for Rangers.
While Kent is leaving, Dejan Lovren is staying at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp blocked the defender’s departure on loan.
Roma, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen were interested in signing Lovren on loan for the rest of the season and the Croatian international has slipped to fourth in Klopp’s pecking order of centre-halves.
But Liverpool were only prepared to consider a permanent £15million deal for Lovren and were not prepared to let him leave on loan.
Klopp saw no benefit in letting Lovren join another club temporarily to leave himself with just three senior centre-backs.
Klopp also sanctioned youth striker Bobby Duncan’s departure to Fiorentina as Liverpool accepted an improved £1.9million offer from the Serie A side.
Liverpool last week rejected a loan bid for Duncan, who is Gerrard’s cousin, with a view to a £1.5million permanent deal next summer.
This prompted Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie to accuse Liverpool of mentally bullying the 18-year-old striker, who scored 32 goals for the youth sides last season.
Liverpool vehemently rejected Rubie’s claims and Duncan’s departure just a year after he moved to Anfield from Manchester City for £200,000 draws a line under the affair.