Yevhen Konoplyanka can help Dnipro overcome Tottenham says Dnipro head coach Juande Ramos, according to the London Evening Standard.
The 24-year-old almost moved to Liverpool on deadline day in January, but despite the Anfield club's managing director Ian Ayre spending three days in Ukraine, negotiations failed to bring the desired result and Konoplyanka remained a Dnipro player.
Spurs were also said to be interested in the winger, but held no talks over a prospective switch to White Hart Lane. Now Ramos - the former Spurs manager - will be aiming to get one over his former club when taking on Tim Sherwood's side in Europe this week.
Commenting on Konoplyanka, Ramos said: "He had a very successful training camp in Spain and he trains a lot, follows all of the directions, tries his best and I'm sure he will do his best in this competition and in this round and will help us succeed in this round."
Konoplyanka is also looking forward to the match but is focusing on success for Dnipro this season rather than looking to impress potential suitors in order to earn a possible transfer in the summer.
The Ukrainian said: "It doesn't influence my game tomorrow and if the coach finds it possible to put me in the team I will do all I can - all I have to think about is that game.
"It is a good chance for any player to play against a team like that. It is a better motivation for us to play tomorrow and do our best."
The two teams meet in the last-32 of the Europa League on Thursday.
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