With time rapidly running out, Liverpool aren’t beating around the bush in their pursuit of FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka and
tabloid media reports have not one, but two bids lodged for the player from the Merseyside club.
Amid interest from both Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and an unnamed Bundesliga club, the Reds apparently opened the bidding with a modest £14.8mil offer for the promising attacker before quickly upping the ante to £16mil in an attempt to wrap up the deal before tomorrow’s transfer deadline. Although no official figure has been confirmed, Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi has told the Ukrainian media that an offer has been received “in the region of £16million” for the 24-year olds services.
Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre is in the Ukraine attempting to finalize a deal with the club and although it’s believed that they’re reluctant to sell Konoplyanka, this may be their best – and most lucrative – opportunity to do so with his contract expiring in June 2015. The Anfield outfit, who have apparently offered to double the wingers wage to £60,000 per week, face a considerable crunch in time to get the deal completed with a medical and personal terms to be navigated after Dnipro finally agrees to let the versatile attacker go.
Although Spurs and the unnamed German club are still in the race for the 24-year olds signature, the Reds are believed to be the frontrunners with the only official bid lodged and a serious desire not to miss out after Chelsea pipped them to number one transfer target Mohamed Salah last week. Brendan Rodgers remains hopeful of adding to his squad before the window slams shut on February 1st, and Fowler willing, we’ll have a new name to mispronounce by the time we kick off against West Brom on Saturday.