While the January transfer window was open, Spurs were heavily linked with a bid for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. At the time however, it was expected that the Ukrainian international would ultimately sign for Liverpool but like many deadline day deals, time simply ran out on the transaction.
Rumours surrounding Konoplyanka have persisted ever since and back in March, comments made by Dnipro President Igor Kolomoisky seemed to put us in pole position.
“Not criticising Liverpool but if I’m interested in a player, like they were in final days, I’d do it on or two weeks before,” Kolomoisky said.
“I’m talking with Tottenham president. He wants Konoplyanka. We’re negotiating and we may even be close to signing a contract if Yevhen agrees,” he went on to add.
“If I was in Konoplyanka’s place I’d choose Tottenham. London, not Liverpool. Football is 90 minutes on the field, maybe two matches per week, but the rest of a footballer’s time should be living somewhere nice. London city life is preferable to Liverpool.
“Negotiations with Tottenham are on an entirely different level. Overall it’s all grown-up with an understanding of the interests of the player and the club.”
According to today’s reports, the player may indeed wind up in London but perhaps to a less likely destination. West Ham are the latest club linked and, it’s reported, are ready to meet the player’s buy out clause of £12m.
Konoplyanka would be a real coup for the Hammers but based on his performances against us in the Europa League, should we just step aside and let them take the Ukrainian?