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Liverpool look set to be dealt a huge transfer deadline day blow as number one target Yevhen Konoplyanka looks set to stay with Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. The winger, 24, had been earmarked as the solution to Brendan Rodgers' problems on the flanks, and talks over a £15m move to Merseyside got underway earlier this week.
But as the deadline draws ever closer, it is becoming more and more apparent that Liverpool will once again miss out on one of their primary targets, following on from the failure to land Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan last summer, as well as now-Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah this month.
The player's agent Oliver Cabrera confirmed that his client was now likely to stay with Dnipro, after the Ukrainian club decided to keep their star player at the last minute. "We have a very good relationship with the president [Ihor] Kolomoyskyi and he doesn't want to sell the player,” said Cabrera. "Yehven and his father respect that so a move is very unlikely."
The latest refusal will serve as a big disappointment to Rodgers, but the former Swansea City boss may be looking to gazump his former club with a move for Spurs wide man Nacer Chadli. The Belgian international was scheduled for talks in South Wales today, but with Rodgers now getting desperate for a winger, Chadli may be an option having been frozen out at White Hart Lane since his summer move from FC Twente.
One player who won't be heading to Anfield though is Manchester City defender Micah Richards. The England international rarely sees playing time behind Pablo Zabaleta at right back, and with Glen Johnson's injury woes this season, it had been rumoured that the Reds had asked City about a loan deal until the end of the season for Richards. However, Rodgers moved to quash any speculation of Richards' arrival at the club, with Jon Flanagan set to continue his role in the first team.
There has been little movement out of Anfield today, but it wasn't for the want of trying. La Liga side Valencia made a loan bid to take out-of-favour striker Iago Aspas back to Spain until the end of the season, but Rodgers rejected the offer, suggesting that the former Celta Vigo man still has a part to play this term. Aspas, 26, has struggled to make an impact since his £7m arrival in the summer, but Rodgers is wise to keep Aspas around in case of an injury to either Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez.
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