Reds hope to be able to sign the Ukraine star before Friday’s cut-off point.
Liverpool are now set to increase their initial offer of £14.8m up to £16m in order to win the race to sign Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk wide man Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The Merseyside giants sent managing director Ian Ayre to the Ukraine to undertake face-to-face negotiations with Dnipro’s multi-billionaire owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi.
And it was expected that the Reds would be able to secure a deal for the highly rated Ukraine international without any problems before the January transfer window closed for business on Friday night, with the player himself being quoted as saying how “excited” he was to be making the move to Anfield.
“LFC?,” he said. I”m so excited about it and soon you will know where I will play.
“It’s all very serious. I’m shocked myself. It will all be clear very soon.”
However, that was before an unnamed Bundesliga club also entered the race for the winger, meaning that Liverpool will now be forced to increase their initial bid for Konoplyanka in order to seal the deal.
And that is because the player’s employers are in no urgent need to cash in on their star man, who has a contract until June 2015.
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