Liverpool have made a bid for Yevhen Konoplyanka of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, according to reports.
David Anderson of the Daily Mirror reports Liverpool is looking to up the stakes for Konoplyanka's services:
Liverpool have reportedly increased their offer for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka to £16million.
The Anfield side were prepared to pay £14.8million for Konoplyanka and now reports in Ukraine claim they are willing to up that bid.
Anderson also provided a statement from Konoplyanka:
Konoplyanka is keen to leave Dnipro and says he is excited by Liverpool's interest.
"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."
Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph previously reported Brendan Rodgers could pay up to £16 million for the versatile winger:
After missing out on Egyptian Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, the Merseyside club have already begun negotiations with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for a deal that could be worth as much as £16 million.
Would Yevhen Konoplyanka be a major signing for Liverpool?
Rodgers previously confirmed he is looking to make a "major signing" before the end of the transfer window, as revealed after his side's 4-0 whooping of Everton, per John Edwards of the Daily Mail.
The Reds looked set to capture Mohamed Salah from Basel, but were unable to tie up a deal in "two-and-a-half months" of negotiations, according to the player's agent, per David Woods of the Daily Star.
Chelsea swooped in to confirm the Egyptian's transfer, but it seems Rodgers has moved quickly to find an alternative.
Konoplyanka is an extremely talented 24-year-old who can play on either flank or behind the striker. He possesses pace, excellent dribbling skills and an incisive nature that pushes him toward goal, where he often takes his opportunity.
He likes to cut inside from the left and may be seen as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho, who enjoyed a central role during the recent win over Everton.
Konoplyanka has scored five goals in 16 domestic appearances for Dnipro this season, reported by Soccerway. He has also netted three goals and provided two assists in five Europa League performances, according to WhoScored.com.
It seems Rodgers has accelerated plans to land the exciting player, as noted by Vinny O'Connor of Sky Sports News:
Liverpool were looking to bring Konoplyanka in next summer. Now brought that interest 4ward testing the water to see if deal can be done now— Vinny O'Connor (@VinnOConnor) January 29, 2014
English fans will best know Konoplyanka for his stunning opener during Ukraine's visit to Wembley on Sep. 11, 2012. Although a late Frank Lampard penalty salvaged a draw that night, Konoplyanka's strike sums up a Ukrainian team that is bursting with talent and energy.
Tony Barrett of The Times sums up the feeling of fear all English writers will face if the player arrives:
I'm still getting used to spelling Deulofeu. God help me if I have to write Konoplayanka's name regularly too.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) January 29, 2014
At a reported £16 million, Rodgers is clearly happy to spend on quality. Konoplyanka has the ability to excel upon his arrival and is confident enough to make an impression from the off.
While his presence is likely to halt Victor Moses' chances of regular playing time, the Ukrainian may provide the additional spark needed for Liverpool to secure a place in the Champions League.