Liverpool’s poor luck with transfers looks set to continue, with Tottenham reportedly jumping to the front of the queue for Ukrainian star Yehven Konoplayanka.
The 24-year-old winger was on the verge of completing a £16m move to Anfield from FC Dnipro in January, and had reportedly undergone a medical, before the plug was pulled on the deal at the last minute.
It completed a horrible transfer window for the club, who saw their other January target Mohammed Salah join rivals Chelsea similarly late in the day.
Now, Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi has revealed that he is currently in talks with Tottenham concerning Konoplyanka, and that he would be ‘happy to sell’ to the North London side,
“I’m talking with Tottenham president. He wants Konoplyanka. We’re negotiating and may even be close to signing a contract,” Kolomoyskyi is reported to have said,
“Liverpool was just some representatives talking on the phone. Talks with Spurs is entirely on another level.
“I do not want to criticize the ‘Liverpool’, but if I was interested in football players, I would have done it a week or two before.”
The Ukrainian international scored against Tottenham last month in the Europa League, and it seems his performance was enough to persuade Daniel Levy to step in ahead of Liverpool for the attacker.
Indeed, the signs look promising for Spurs, with Kolomoyskyi claiming he’d be rather see his star man end up in London rather than in Liverpool,
“If Spurs want Konoplyanka, I’d happily sell. London life is better than Liverpool. Spurs’ interest is strong and advanced.
“I talked with Konoplyanka. Of course, he had regrets, but [move to Liverpool] failed purely due to technical reasons
“I’m ready to let any player leave; we can’t break his sports career. But on the final day, Liverpool failed to do a deal. They failed themselves. It was purely technical reasons.
“I’m ready to let go of any player because we can not break a career, we cannot break players’ destiny.”
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