Yevhen Konoplyanka

Yevhen Konoplyanka

As we speak, Liverpool are in intense negotiations to secure the signing of Ukranian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The Reds are in desperate need of bolstering on the flanks, and after losing long-term target Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, the 24 year-old has been lined up as a like-minded alternative.

The Dnipro star rose to prominence at Euro 2012, and a matter of months later netted a sensational strike against England at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier.

The 24 year-old has been earning rave reviews at club level too. He’s netted 25 times in 125 appearances for Juande Ramos’ side, but is better known for his creativity and ability to play anywhere in the attacking third.

The Ukrainian international has been particularly potent in this year’s Europa League tournament, claiming three goals and two assists in five starts. He’s also averaged 1.8 tackles, 3.8 shots, 1.4 key passes and 3.8 dribbles per match in Europe, with a pass completion ratio of 85%.

Konoplyanka, who is a black belt in Karate, was furthermore named in the Europa League Team of the Year in 2012, and has also won three of the last four Ukrainian Player of the Year awards, with his monopoly on the accolade only broken up by Andriy Voronin in 2011.

It’s believed the Reds have tabled a £15million bid with the view to a five-year contract, but recent comments from the winger’s agent have stated ‘some of the complications are literally unbelievable’, suggesting this deal could collapse before the 11pm deadline.