Yevhen Konoplyanka's father has confirmed the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk star is set to move to England, amid reports that Liverpool have sent officials to seal the deal.
As reported by Ukrainian outlet Tribuna (via Ireland's Independent), Oleg Konoplyanka has spoken honestly about the future of his son:
"I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true. He can change clubs later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine," Konoplyanka said.
David Anderson of the Mirror also suggested a fee has been agreed between the two clubs:
Reports from Ukraine that Liverpool have agreed 18m euros fee for Konoplyanka. Are also said to have offered a 4.5 year deal.— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) January 29, 2014
Despair previously crippled Liverpool fans' hopes of securing Mohamed Salah from Basel. Although the Reds spent two-and-a-half months negotiating for the Egypt international, Chelsea's firm offer sealed a move to Stamford Bridge, confirmed by David Woods of the Daily Star.
Konoplyanka looks to be the next talent on Rodgers' radar. Liverpool have reportedly sent Dave Fallows, the club's head of recruitment, out to Ukraine in order to begin talks, per Sky Sports News:
Sky Sources: Liverpool head of recruitment Dave Fallows heading to Ukraine for talks with Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 29, 2014
Skybet's Jamie Casey reveals the Anfield club have become odds-on to wrap a deal up, although he jokingly follows this by suggesting how likely Chelsea are to butt in:
Konoplyanka isn't a household name in England, but the versatile Ukrainian is highly talented. He scored a belter of a goal against the Three Lions on Sep. 11, 2012, helping his side to an impressive 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Which player would be a better signing for Liverpool?
Rodgers favours attacking individuals who can play a variety of positions, and that's exactly what he'll get with Konoplyanka. He is comfortable on either wing, in central positions and has the guile to run his opponents ragged with boundless energy.
Liverpool fans are most likely to have seen the player performing admirably in this season's Europa League, where he has scored three goals and provided two assists in five games, per WhoScored.com.
The word of Konoplyanka's father suggests things are moving quickly with Liverpool.
If a deal is agreed by transfer deadline day on Jan. 31, the talented individual could make his debut during Feb. 2's Premier League match away at West Brom.