Liverpool interest confirmed by Ukraine star's dad

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Liverpool could sign Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro before the close of the transfer window later this week, the father of the highly-rated Ukraine international has confirmed.

Reports emerged on Wednesday morning that the Reds had submitted a formal bid for the 24-year-old forward, and could pay as much as £20 million in order to bring him to Merseyside prior to the deadline.

Konoplyanka's father Oleg has since provided Liverpool with optimism that a deal could be concluded after claiming that the player would not consider an offers to remain in his own country.

"I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true," he told Tribuna.

"He can change club later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine."

Liverpool have yet to make an acquisition in the winter transfer period, while they came frustratingly close to signing Egypt international Mohamed Salah from Basel.

Reds representatives had been in touch with the young forward in the hope of completing a transfer, but Salah chose to join Chelsea in a deal worth £11 million after Juan Mata had been sold to Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers, though, claimed to be optimistic of making a signing of note before the end of the month.

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