Liverpool, according to widespread media reports, are in talks to sign Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.
The Reds have been frustrated in their attempts to add to the squad, with top target Mohamed Salah opting for Chelsea over the Reds, but Brendan Rodgers told reporters after yesterday's 4-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton that he was confident of "doing some business" in the next two days.
Here are five fascinating facts about the man Rodgers is eyeing to boost his side's push for a top four spot.
Konoplyanka's starting salary when he joined the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk reserve side was 300 dollars, which he bought a grey Mazda with, having been promoted from the youth setup in 2006, whom he had been with since arriving as a 16-year-old.
Long-range strike stuns England:
The Ukraine international announced his arrival onto the big stage with an outstanding finish at Wembley Stadium in the 1-1 draw with England in a 2014 World Cup qualifier back in September 2012 as he launched an effort from distance beyond Joe Hart.
Dynamo scared off by price tag:
Dynamo Kiev manager Oleg Luzhny confessed his wish to sign the tricky winger from Ukrainian rivals Dnipro in 2011 with a €14m price tag mooted. Dnipro manager Juande Ramos retaliated by placing a €50-60m fee on his head to ward off any potential suitors.
Player of the Year:
Konoplyanka has won the Ukrainian Player of the Year award on three occasions, as recently as last year and also in 2010 and 2012, as well as making the UEFA Europa League Team of the Year in 2012 too.
At the age of seven, Konoplyanka signed up for a karate class, which he did alongside football during his youth, eventually reaching the black belt level.
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