Newcastle signing Yevhen Konoplyanka could be the most important piece of business they complete

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Newcastle have been linked with making a move for Tottenham, Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham target Konoplyanka.

Konoplyanka is a free agent this summer, leaving Dnipro at the end of his contract, and he has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs.

BBC Stoke have claimed the Potters are in talks to sign him, although wage demands may be too high, whilst West Ham have been long-term admirers of the Ukrainian international, as per Sky Sports.

As well as those two clubs, Liverpool have been linked to him by the Metro, and the same media outlet claims that Spurs retain an interest in him.

Newcastle are the latest team wanting to make a move for him, with the Mirror claiming that they are looking to steal the winger from under Stoke’s nose, whilst the wage issues continue to prevent a deal being agreed.

Not only would Konoplyanka be a great signing for Newcastle on a technical level - due to his ability to fill the creative void in the Magpies ranks - but agreeing a deal for him would be a statement of real intent from the club.

For too long the Tyneside outfit have bought players for cheap only to sell them off when reaching their peaks, but Konoplyanka, 25, is a player already playing at the top of his game. Despite being a free transfer, he wants a large wage packet, and signing him would show that the Newcastle board are willing to splash the cash on a deal to improve the playing squad.

As well as the improvement of their playing squad, Newcastle would be signing a player wanted by a selection of their Premier League rivals. It would prove that the Magpies still have the pulling power to sign in-demand players ahead of other clubs, even ones with Europa League football to their name - Spurs, Liverpool and West Ham.

Signing Konoplyanka, if Newcastle can see the deal over the line, could become the most important piece of transfer business the Magpies have completed in recent history. It would be a signing of talent, but most importantly, one of intent, to prove that Newcastle still want to compete with the giants of the Premier League.

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