By Adefunmiloye Alani

20th Jul, 2021 | 11:10am

West Ham table bid for Rangers winger Kai Kennedy

West Ham United have made an approach for Rangers attacking midfielder Kai Kennedy, but their bid has been knocked back, according to Daily Record.

The Hammers, alongside Norwich City, are keen on bringing the 19-year-old to the Premier League this summer.

However, they would need to look elsewhere as Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is not interested in letting Kennedy leave Ibrox.

The Liverpool legend said of the Scotland youth international after including him in his first-team squad back in 2019 (via Daily Record): “People look at Kai like he’s this wee player who doesn’t belong with men but he’s trained like a man all week.

“He’s been the most consistent and he’s a fabulous little player. It wasn’t just a token gesture because he’s a kid.”

Missed chance?

While manager David Moyes wants to strengthen his attack, Kennedy will not be joining the first-team immediately were he to move to the London Stadium from Rangers.

The Scottish teenager is being targeted for the youth teams as West Ham prepare for the future, and there is a reason why.

We have a couple of foreign players in our under-23s and have had some brilliant ones in recent seasons, but signing such talents is no longer possible after the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

The Hammers are able to snap up kids from Scottish clubs, and Rangers boast of some of the best, including Kennedy.

The attacker made UEFA’s Youth League best XI after his impressive performances on the continent last season, and the likes of Roma, Bayern Munich and Manchester City all showed interest in his signature last summer [Daily Record].

We would be landing a very promising player should a deal work out, but Rangers are clearly not interested in losing such a player, and we need to check on other talented youngsters from the look of things.

In other West Ham news, Hammers make move to sign left-footed ‘Dynamo’ seen at Rush Green in April.

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