Will Liverpool's Yevhen Konoplyanka transfer become reality?

England V Ukraine

Yevhen Konoplyanka came close to a Liverpool move in January, should the club step up their interest?

Much like their Premier League title challenge, Liverpool came agonisingly close to securing a big money transfer in January.

The Reds were locked in late negotiations to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka from FC Dnipro, but failed to get it done ahead of deadline.

Now with the season over, it's surely time for Liverpool to resume their interest in the winger, presuming it still holds.

Dnipro's club president claimed in March that Tottenham had made an approach for Konoplyanka, admitting to talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Having been outbid for Mohamed Salah in January, Liverpool will not want to lose out on another target again, which should surely indicate they will attempt to revive a deal sooner rather than later, given the protracted nature of business last time out.

So what's the hold up? The season is over, Konoplyanka and Ukraine have no World Cup to focus on, so should Liverpool now be pushing ahead with a deal?

Liverpool are rumoured to be bidding for Adam Lallana and Emre Can, which makes you wonder if they have taken their eye off the ball regarding a deal where they have laid much of the groundwork.

Liverpool have made their interest clear in the £16 million rated winger, so should they now be renewing that approach and making him feel like their top priority?

The summer is only just getting started, but if Liverpool do not make the Ukrainian international their top target and leave him on the back-burner to revisit later on, the greater chance they have of another team coming in and doing a deal behind their backs.

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