Liverpool have launched a bid of £15 million to sign Ukraine international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, The Daily Express reports.
The same publication suggests that the Reds initially targeted the 24-year-old after Chelsea beat them to the signing of former FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah and that Brendan Rodgers is seeking a major signing before the transfer window slams shut once again on Friday night.
Konoplyanka, who currently plies his trade in the Ukrainian Premier League with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, would certainly appear to qualify as a potentially 'major' deal, with the player having forged quite a promising reputation for himself after a series of exciting performances for his national team.
England fans will undoubtedly recognise Konoplyanka as the man who terrorised Roy Hodgson's defence and notched the visitors' goal when Ukraine drew 1-1 with the Three Lions at Wembley in September 2012.
Liverpool have not been the only team closely tracking Konoplyanka, however, with reports suggesting that Manchester United have also had him watched - along with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
Despite having completed an impressive £37.1 million move for former Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata over the weekend, it is arguably Manchester United who are still in most need of strengthening in a bid to appease for their uncharacteristically underwhelming campaign to date.
However, whether a last-ditch move for a player of Konoplyanka's ilk would make sense for Manchester United and manager David Moyes, however, is a matter open to considerable debate given that Mata's signing could see the champions deviate slightly from the winger-reliant midfield system that has served them so well over the years.
Liverpool, meanwhile, effortlessly cruised to an emphatic 4-0 win over local rivals Everton at Anfield on Tuesday night yet Rodgers clearly feels he needs to strengthen his squad if they are to ensure of Champions League qualification.
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