It’s been widely reported that Liverpool are leading the race to sign Ukrainian sensation Yevhen Konoplyanka, but Spurs are believed to be following closely behind.
The Dnipro star comes highly-rated, having risen to prominence at Euro 2012. Following the international tournament, he netted a sensational effort against England at Wembley in the World Cup qualifiers.
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 – the former Tottenham manager landed Konoplyanka with an outrageous €60million price-tag in 2011 to keep the winger out of the hands of Dynamo Kiev – but is better known for his creativity and ability to play anywhere in the attacking third.
The playmaking winger, who is a black belt in Karate, has claimed three of the last four Ukrainian Player of the Year awards, with his monopoly only broken up by Andriy Voronin in 2011. He was also named in 2012’s Europa League Team of the Year for a return of three goals and one assist in nine continental appearances.
It’s believed the Ukraine international is available for around £15million, and despite Tim Sherwood suggesting otherwise, the Lilywhites could do with a more explosive presence on the flanks.
Konoplyanka would provide that, but Liverpool stand in Tottenham’s way.