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Liverpool & Tottenham transfer target and possible Raheem Sterling replacement signs for Sevilla

Sevilla have completed the signing of Yevhen Konoplyanka, who had previously been linked with a move to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

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The club confirmed the signing of the Ukraine wideman on their website [Express], with a statement which read: “Sevilla have reached an agreement with the player, in the absence of a medical and closing a deal with Dnipro [Dnipropetrovsk].”

The 25-year-old had come to the end of his contract with the Warriors of Light, who were the side defeated by Sevilla—Konoplyanka’s new club—in the 2015 Europa League final.

Likely to be flush with funds following the anticipated high-profile £21 million sale of Carlos Bacca—another player linked with a move to the Premier League [Express]—to AC Milan [BBC], and able to tempt Konoplyanka with the lure of playing in the Champions League next season, Sevilla have moved to sign the talented international.

The move may prompt some disappointment at both Spurs and Liverpool.

The latter, in particular, had been tipped to sign Konoplyanka as a potential replacement for Raheem Sterling. The England international’s future is up in the air after his agent confirmed that he would not be signing a new contract at the club [Standard], and Manchester City have been heavily linked with his signature [Express].

The player himself , who represented Ukraine at U17, U19 and U21 level before taking his senior-team bow, had previously admitted that he would be keen to represent the Anfield giants.

“I am sorry I didn’t join Liverpool when they wanted me,” he began, speaking to the Express, “but this Europa League final will help me get over that!”

Having missed out on the winger, Liverpool may now turn their attentions to other transfer targets, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just one name linked to the club [Sport via the Mirror].

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