Liverpool paid Konoplyanka fee 'over two hours before the deadline'

There has been a lot of blame flying around for Liverpool's inability to land the Ukrainian winger.

The saga surrounding Liverpool’s attempts to sign Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka seems to continue even with the transfer window slammed shut.

Managing Director Ian Ayre has come under fire from some fans for missing out on the player as Liverpool failed to add to their squad in January, despite representatives of the club flying to Ukraine.

It has been reported that Dnipro’s owner wasn’t prepared to sign off on the deal, and that Liverpool hadn’t paid the fee required for the deal to go through.

According to the Liverpool Echo, however, the paperwork for the deal says the transfer fee was transferred between the two clubs over two hours before the transfer deadline.

They wrote: "The ECHO has seen paperwork which confirms the full fee of 15million euros was transferred more than two hours before Friday’s 11pm deadline."

Dnipro executive director Rusol had disputed Liverpool's version of events, stating: ‘The British did not have time to complete the transaction.

‘Our club could not sign the documents until our account received the money.

‘It is not our fault, Liverpool representatives could have arrived a day or two earlier.’

One person who refused to blame the Liverpool negotiating team is Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.

Lawrenson wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror: ‘The bottom line is that their negotiating team went over to Ukraine and agreed a fee for the player.

‘The owner of Dnipro, however, decided he still didn’t want to sell. When that happens, what are the guys supposed to do? Offer more money?’

It seems like a story that could run on and on, but whether Konoplyanka will actually appear in a Red shirt in the future remains to be seen.

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