The Daily Star has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur are one of several clubs that could go after Yevhen Konoplyanka after the Ukrainian turned down a new deal at Dnipro.
Spurs have previously been linked with a move for the winger, stretching back to last January when Liverpool appeared to be beating them to a deal.
The Star also suggests that Liverpool are still interested with the deal last winter thought to have fallen through due to the immense number of terms and conditions to get through in the course of negotiations.
We’ve considered three key questions and looked at initial reaction from supporters of both clubs.
Which team has the better chance of getting him?
Probably Spurs due to Liverpool’s deal for Lazar Markovic earlier this summer. Liverpool don’t have a direct need for a left sided winger. However, Spurs don’t really need a player in that position either due to Nacer Chadli and Andros Townsend.
When will he be available?
The Star reports that any side interested in moving him would be able to negotiate a deal in January, which would become effective when his contract expires at the end of this season. Liverpool and Spurs wouldn’t have to pay a fee, it would be a tug of war over which side tempts him with the best offer.
What would it mean for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend?
With Mauricio Pochettino showing early faith to Chadli on the left hand side, Andros Townsend could be the man sacrificed to make way for Konoplyanka. There have already been reports linking him with a move to Southampton and that could become a realistic move if Konoplyanka heads to White Hart Lane.
I really really want Spurs to buy Konoplyanka. The midfield 3 of Lamela, Eriksen and Konoplyanka looks so good and he is so cheap.— Spurs676 (@Spurs676) September 2, 2014
Spurs really need to sign #konoplyanka. He'd make such a difference to the team!— Danny Kenward (@DannyKenward) September 1, 2014
Liverpool are still working hard to finalise a deal for Yheven Konoplyanka. Liverpool are hopeful they can complete the deal by 2035.— ~ (@CoutinhoFlair) September 1, 2014
Just to let you know now will will be linked with Konoplyanka in January and again next summer.— Ben Scholey. (@BenScholeyLFC) September 1, 2014