Liverpool to target £16m-rated Yevhen Konoplyanka before window closes
Liverpool hope to sign highly rated Ukrainian international Yevhen Konoplyanka before the transfer window closes.
After missing out on Egyptian Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, the Merseyside club have already begun negotiations with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for a deal that could be worth as much as £16 million.
Konoplyanka is a pacey winger who could function on either flank and has starred for the Ukrainian national team, featuring against England in the recent World Cup qualifiers.
The 24-year-old impressed against Roy Hodgson’s teams, alerting many English scouts to his promise.
He has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal also having considered a move in the past.
Liverpool will be eager to conclude negotiations swiftly having been stung in the transfer market recently following late moves from their top four rivals.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has been frustrated by the lack of additions to the squad during this window, although he stressed after Tuesday night’s Merseyside derby he was fully on board with the club’s approach to deals.
Liverpool are determined to get value for money in the transfer market but are ready to pay a premium for the most coveted talent.
Liverpool also need cover in defence and midfield, but the addition of such a highly regarded player would undoubtedly be a fillip ahead of a crucial period in pursuit of a Champions League return.