Having seemingly lost out to Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, Liverpool could have also missed out on another of their attacking targets as Yevhen Konoplyanka began to interest Tottenham Hotspur, however, with Spurs effectively ruling themselves out recently, Brendan Rodgers was left with a clear run at the Dnipro winger - a player whom has confirmed his interest in the Premier League side chasing a lucrative top four spot.
He is quoted by the Daily Star to have said: 'I'm excited about it and soon everyone will know where I will play. Is it very serious with Liverpool? I am shocked myself at how serious it is. I think in the near future everything will become clear.'
Meanwhile, at Sunderland, there has been confirmation that Liam Bridcutt has been signed. A statement on the club's official website said: 'Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt has become Sunderland’s fifth signing of the January transfer window. Bridcutt, 24, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract on Wearside and arrives for an undisclosed fee.'
That undisclosed fee is believed to be £2.5m, according to Sky Sports sources.
While excitable Arsenal fans may have been hoping for a £25m to £35m capture of German prospect Julian Draxler, that move now appears dead, with Arsene Wenger himself denying that the signing can still be made. However, there remains a chance that the Gunners will line up another target - Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, potentially on loan, as reported by Daily Express.
At Manchester United, Eduardo Hernandez - the agent of Chicharito - has claimed that the penalty box poacher could be on the move but a respect has to be paid toward his current employer, telling ESPN Deportes: 'I had meetings with a few clubs, I won't name them nor their offers, they are very interested in him. One of the top ten teams in the world are among those teams that were very interested in signing Javier.
'There was a club from Germany, one from France, and two from Spain and Italy each that want to have him. However, he is under contract with Man United and he somehow has to respect it in case there is an agreement between the parties.'
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