Dnipro chairman on the verge of selling £15m Liverpool target - to Tottenham

Liverpool's chances of securing the signing of Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka have taken a huge hit, as he could be on his way to Tottenham.

The Reds made a concerted effort to bring the 24-year-old to Anfield in the January transfer window, but the deal couldn't be completed before the deadline, leaving the Dnipro star to play out the season in his homeland.

It's been widely speculated that manager Brendan Rodgers will make another bid for the winger, having already made attempts to improve his wide options by submitting offers for Mohamed Salah and Willian, only to lose out to Chelsea for both of those players.

And now, no doubt to Rodgers' frustration, it appears that he could be set to miss out on the signing of yet another winger, as Dnpiro chairman Ihor Kolomoyskyi not only lifted the lid on Liverpool's failed bid for Konoplyanka, but also told of how Premier League rivals Tottenham are now in pole position to land his star player.

"Not criticizing Liverpool, but if I'm interested in a player, like they were in the final days, I'd do it one or two weeks before. I talked with Konoplyanka. Of course, he had regrets, but the move to Liverpool failed purely due to technical reasons. I'm ready to let any player leave; we can't break his sports career," said Kolomoyskyi, refuting claims that Liverpool matched a release clause in Konoplyanka's contract.

"I'm talking with Tottenham President. He wants Konoplyanka. We're negotiating & may even be close to signing a contract. Liverpool was just some representatives talking on the phone. Talks with Spurs is entirely on another level. If Spurs want Konoplyanka, I'd happily sell. London life is better than Liverpool. Spurs' interest is strong & advanced," he added.

It's interesting to see Kolomoyskyi say he 'can't break Konoplyanka's career', yet is willing to reject overtures from a team challenging for the title in favour of selling him to a team who may not even make it into the Europa League. Whilst Kolomoyskyi may believe that London is better than Liverpool, the Reds can certainly offer the winger more than Spurs can right now.

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