Sherwood speaks out about Konoplyanka and summer transfer plans

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Tottenham boss has refuted claims the Ukrainian winger is on the verge of a move to North London.

Tottenham’s squad will face some changes this summer after what looks set to be a season with unfilled objectives.

With new manager Tim Sherwood in charge, a host of the players are playing for their future in the remaining weeks of the season.

One man who has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer is Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, with the Ukrainian club’s chairman even stating that negotiations have already taken place.

However, Sherwood has poured cold water on reports that a deal has already been agreed.

“He's obviously a player who's been linked with the club because he's a good player,” the Tottenham boss told reporters ahead of tonight’s game against Benfica.

“He's certainly one who's being talked about, but there's nothing definitive.

“I think we have to make sure we see a lot more of these guys before they come in, not just the highlights because we've got to make sure we do our recruitment job on them.”

Sherwood went on to state that any new signings will need to be confirmed with him first and that a number of the existing squad’s futures are up in the air.

“Nobody else will come in here unless I sanction it. You can't work any other way,” he continued.

“The manager has got to work with the players so, unless he gets the players he wants, it's always going to be an uphill task. He will always have the excuse of ‘well they're not my players’.”

Tottenham’s dreams of a top four finish took a major blow last weekend in a 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal, while the side have a 3-1 deficit to make up against Benfica in the Europa League.

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