Liverpool face competition from Tottenham for £15m man

Liverpool are will have to battle off interest from Tottenham if they are to tie up a deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka before the transfer deadline passes, according to reports from The Telegraph.

It emerged yesterday that the Reds have made the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger their main target ahead of Friday’s cut-off point after missing out on Mohamed Salah.

Negotiations between the Merseyside club and the Ukrainian giants are believed to be at an advanced stage, with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said to have flown to Eastern Europe to tie up a deal.

However, not it appears that the Reds will have to see off late interest if they are to snap up Konoplyanka.

Spurs are said to have registered late interest in the wide-man, who is rated as one of his nation’s finest talents.

Despite Tim Sherwood having distanced the club from making any signings after last night’s humbling 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Manchester City, the North Londoners are said to be interested in launching a rival bid.

The London club have a history of moving for Liverpool’s targets, with Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson two recent examples.

Some speculation indicates that Manchester United may also be keen.

The Premier League champions are about to let Nani leave for Juventus and have already sent Wilfried Zaha to Cardiff, leaving them short on wide options.

Liverpool are still confident of securing a deal, and are also thought to be looking at snapping up a second target before midnight on Friday.

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