Reds MD Ian Ayre is only prepared to fork out £16m for the player.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that he was still “hoping for the best” with regard the Reds’ long-running pursuit of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk wide man Yehven Konoplyanka as the clock slowly ticked down to the closing of the transfer window, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The Merseysiders have been trying to negotiate a deal for the in-demand Ukraine international over the course of the past few days, although so far the two parties have been unable to come to an agreement over a fee for the 24-year-old.
However, the Northern Irishman has not yet given up all hope of the Konoplyanka becoming a Liverpool player before the 11pm cut-off point on Friday night, saying: “As we sit here now, there is not much to report. The timeline is tight, but our staff are working brilliantly out there to try and make it happen. We just have to wait and see and hope for the best.
“If it doesn’t work out, at least we have shown over the course of the season so far that this is a team ready to fight all the way. People behind the scenes are doing a great job trying to get us some help for the remainder of the campaign, but we showed against Everton in midweek what we are about.
“It takes a really good side to play with that level of intensity and quality for such long periods as we did in that game. But if we make this one addition to the squad, so much the better.
“It’s about options and adding more depth and quality. In this case, it would give us more going forward. We already have goals in the side, of course. We like to play an aggressive possession game, based on being dangerous in the final third of the field. But you can never have too many options.”
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