Liverpool are close to completing the signing of Dnipro winger Yehven Konoplyanka for £15million, after Tottenham dropped out of the race to sign the Ukraine international, according to the Daily Mail.
However, the Reds will still need to meet the players wage demands – understood to be around £100,000 a week – in order to land the ‘major’ signing Brendan Rodgers spoke of earlier in the week.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre flew out to Ukraine on Wednesday in a bid to try and tie up the deal, although the player is understood to be with the club in a training camp in Spain.
Konoplyanka is best known for his appearances against England in the World Cup qualifiers, and his stunning goal at Wembley in the 1-1 draw in September 2012.
The 24-year-old is capable of operating on either flank, or down the middle.
The player’s father Oleg confirmed Liverpool’s interest to reporters in Ukraine, saying: ‘I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true. He can change clubs later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine.’
Liverpool’s head of recruitment Dave Fallows is also understood to have flown out to the Ukraine in the hope of getting the deal completed before tonight’s deadline.
Rodgers was left frustrated last week as the Reds missed out on top transfer target Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, but the Liverpool boss claimed he was ‘very hopeful’ of getting a major deal completed after his side’s 4-0 thrashing of Everton on Tuesday.