£35m Liverpool double swoop suggests £12m failed January target is no longer on radar

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Liverpool are after Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic ... but what about Yevhen Konoplyanka?

Liverpool have made big moves this week to move on with deals to strengthen their attacking line-up - with Luis Suarez set to join Luis Suarez in the coming weeks.

The club have already signed Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana this summer - but with a Champions League campaign on the horizon more will be needed to live up to 2013-14's excellence.

With that in mind they have made moves for two very talented young players - Belgian international Divock Origi and Serbian starlet Lazar Markovic.

The combined fee to bring the pair from Lille and Benfica respectively is believed to be in the region of £35 million - £10 million for Origi; £25 million for Markovic.

So with this £35 million worth of spending reportedly imminent what does that mean for their big January target - Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka?

They tried in vain to sign the player in the winter. Unfortunately they simply ran out of time and after three days of negotiations out in the East of Europe with Ian Ayre desperately trying to do a deal, the £12 million move fell through at the final moment as Dnipro moved the goalposts once again.

Dnipro claimed otherwise - suggesting Liverpool would not meet their fee and left it too late to tie up a transfer.

However, many were convinced that they would return for the player in the summer, this latest suggestion would hint otherwise.

With Origi and Markovic on the radar it looks as though Liverpool are passing up the chance to snap up Konoplyanka this summer.

Which is good news if you are a West Ham fan. As The Hammers have now bid £12 million for the player themselves.

Time will tell if Konoplyanka ends up in the Premier League - but it looks like it won't be at Anfield.

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