Report: Newcastle pursue Yevhen Konoplyanka, player arriving in England for talks

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Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka this summer.

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka this summer.

New manager Steve McClaren is looking for new signings, with the Magpies in desperate need of reinforcements after a dismal Premier League campaign.

Adding another attacking force should be on McClaren's wish list, and the Daily Mirror believe that Ukrainian international Konoplyanka is one of his top targets.

Konoplyanka, 25, is out of contract this summer, meaning he can leave Dnipro on a free transfer - and, unsurprisingly, there has been plenty of interest in his signature.

The report states that Stoke City have been somewhat scared off by Konoplyanka's £100,000-a-week wage demands, enabling Newcastle to enter the race for his signature.

The Mirror also suggest that Konoplyanka is due to arrive in England this week for talks with interested clubs over potential deals, which could now include Newcastle United.

Just what Newcastle need?

Last season, Newcastle struggled and were almost relegated to the Championship. That can't happen again under McClaren, and he will be looking for attacking firepower to revitalise the Magpies.

Konoplyanka is primarily a left winger who loves to cut inside onto his right foot and shoot from distance, whilst he also possesses pace and creativity - all attributes which could change the Newcastle side.

The alleged wage demands are excessive, and Newcastle will be hoping to lower those to strike a deal - and if they can, Konoplyanka could be a star.

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