Ukrainian hitman Yarmolenko caught in tug-of-war with Liverpool and Everton

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Liverpool are now facing stiff competition for the signature of Ukrainian forward Andriy Yarmolenko from their Merseyside neighbours as Everton step up their pursuit of the 25-year-old winger. 

The Dynamo Kiev academy graduate has impressed numurous clubs, showing his pace and direct play down the wings against Everton in last seasons Europa League it was only a matter of time before the top clubs in Europe were vying for the attackers signature.

Liverpool had been leading the race for the Ukraine International who had helped himself to an impressive 19 goals last season, prompting Brendan Rodgers to up his interest in the player.


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However after an abundance of signings in attack it looks like Rodgers and Liverpool's interest had been waning allowing The Toffee's to move in for the highly rated wide man.

Martinez is keen to improve on attacking options having yet to secure the services of Aaron Lennon from Spurs and growing frustrated with the inconsistency of Aiden McGeady. The Spaniard has reportedly been very interested in bringing in the winger who would offer a more direct and one dimensional approach down the wing that Everton are lacking.

Yarmolenko has been linked with several Europa League sides and is more than likely going to be sold in this transfer window as he only has a year left on his contract. The Kiev man has never played outside of his home country but would welcome a new challenge after impressing in Europe and domestically last season with a total of 21 assists and 19 goals in 43 appearances.

Martinez has another big task on his hands as the recruitment work takes a back seat with the Everton boss desperately trying to keep hold of his star defender John Stones, who looks like he may leave this summer following Martinez recruitment of fellow Barnsley graduate Mason Holgate.

Chelsea are expected to make another increased offer for Stones, although if Martinez can't keep his man, whilst running out of time to bolster up his squad, the The Toffee's may well face another difficult season

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