Liverpool transfer news: Reds try to fend off competition for Konoplyanka, interest in Barca forward

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Some of the key transfer stories and more involving Liverpool Football Club on this Thursday morning.

Liverpool are set to fend off late interest from Tottenham for Ukranian international midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The Daily Mail reports that the 24-year-old will cost around £20m with the Reds in advanced talks with his club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Managing Director Ian Ayre and head of recruitment Dave Fallows are currently in Ukraine to try and conclude the deal.

Konoplyanka’s father, Oleg confirmed Liverpool’s interest to a Ukrainian media outlet, saying: ‘I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true. He can change clubs later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine.’

TalkSport has reported that Liverpool could reignite their interest in Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca – with the report indicating the 22-year-old’s days at the Nou Camp are numbered.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in the player who hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries – his most recent knee injury coming in March when on loan at Ajax.

Barcelona coach Tata Martino said: ‘He is training. We will see if he stays here or gets the chance to play elsewhere.’

Striker Daniel Sturridge has said the love he has for Liverpool ‘grows and grows’ following his Merseyside derby display this week, and has said he doesn’t blame Luis Suarez for being furious with him when Sturridge opted to go for a hat-trick instead of laying the ball off for the Uruguayan.

He’s quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: ‘I am just really enjoying my football at the moment.

‘The love I have for this just grows and grows more and more each day and I can only thank the fans for in embracing me in the way that they have.

‘When I missed that chance Luis was obviously fuming with me at the time, and I don’t blame him, I think everyone was fuming with me.

‘I was fuming with myself too.’

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