West Ham will look to succeed where Liverpool failed in January after it came to light on Tuesday that the east London outfit has launched a £12 million attempt to bring Yevhen Konoplyanka to Upton Park.
According to Sky Sports, the Hammers have made the offer with the understanding that it meets Konoplyanka's release clause, something Liverpool were also alleged to have done during their January hunt for his signature:
Liverpool tried and failed to buy him in January but will West Ham succeed with a 12 million pound bid for Ukraine winger Konoplyanka? #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 8, 2014
However, Andy Hodgson of Standard.co.uk reports the club have "dropped interest:"
"Reports had linked the Hammers with an audacious swoop for Liverpool and Tottenham target Yevhen Konoplyanka, but while Allardyce has confirmed that he's looking to further strengthen his squad, Standard Sport understands the Hammers have dropped their interest in the Ukrainian attacker."
Brendan Rodgers' side was fiercely linked with the Dnipro winger right up until the winter transfer deadline but were unable to cut a deal.
Manchester United also became interested in Konoplyanka toward the end of the 2013-14 season, but Russian expert Artur Petrosyan quoted Konoplyanka's reaction upon being associated with the Old Trafford outfit:
Konoplyanka: "Man United? I'd rather stay at Dnipro and play in the Champions League".— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) May 23, 2014
If involvement in Europe's elite competition is a dealbreaker, Sam Allardyce's side certainly face an uphill task in their fight to land the Ukraine international, who has helped lead Dnipro to the Champions League for the coming campaign.
Jefferson goes on to write that Tottenham are another interested party, giving West Ham that much more competition in a race they're showing some guts to enter in the first place.
The financial means would appear to be available as co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan seek to make their club an English force to be reckoned with, but reputation and allure aren't so easily established.
Despite this, talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams has a positive sheen about the club's intent, although "ambition" will only get a club so far:
West Ham have made a £12m bid for Yevhen Konoplyanka - I'd be delighted if we got him. Hammers showing real ambition this summer— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) July 8, 2014
Konoplyanka's reluctance to move to the English top flight is endearing in a way, showing that money doesn't hold exclusive precedence above all else in transfer dealings.
One thing for certain is that if Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs have so far been unable to convince Konoplyanka into a move, the Hammers have a hard task in proving their mettle ahead of other suitors.