The President of FC Dnipro, who Tottenham defeated in the last round of the Europa League, says that he has had discussions with Spurs over a possible transfer of Yevhen Konoplyanka to White Hart Lane.
A report in the Daily Mail has linked Tottenham with the Ukrainian international winger, Yevhen Konoplyanka.The President of FC Dnipro claims that he has spoken with Tottenham Chairman, Danial Levy and that the player would prefer a move to London.Tottenham experienced at first hand the talents of left winger Konoplanka in the recent Europa League games against the team from Ukraine. He posed a considerable threat to Spurs in the 1st leg in Ukraine and was the scorer of the only goal in that game with a late penalty. The winger was again to the fore in the return game with his pace and direct running ensuring that the Tottenham defence needed to be alert to the threat he posed. Tottenham eventually progressed with three second half goals, having fallen behind by two goals on aggregate immediately after the interval against Juande Ramos’ team.
Konoplanka had been linked with Tottenham in last January’s transfer window but it had been thought that he would sign for Liverpool who went to great lengths to finalise the deal in the last days before the window closed, but without success.
It would be a surprise if Tottenham are involved in early negotiations for the winger with the uncertainty around the club at present with regards the future of Tim Sherwood. Although he has a contract to the end of next season, there is skepticism among many that he will still be in charge next season as Spurs have slipped out of the challenge for a top-4 finish. It would require an amazing loss of form from one of the club’s above them for Spurs to achieve Champions League qualification.
Konoplanka is 24 years of age and has played for Ukraine at all age-levels and has made 36 full internationals appearances, scoring 8 goals, including a long-range strike against England at Wembley in a 1 – 1 draw in a World Cup qualifying game in September, 2012.
The signing of Konoplyanka would be an exciting acquisition for Spurs who have lost their pace and threat from wide positions since the departure of Gareth Bale. Aaron Lennon hasn’t posed as much of a threat going forward this season while Andros Townsend has displayed better form for England than for Spurs where injury has kept him out for lengthy periods.
The problem facing Tottenham in any negotiations with Dnipro is that it is extremely difficult to close deals with clubs from eastern Europe. They tend to drag out negotiations for as long as possible in the hope of enticing another bidder into the transfer deal as Spurs discovered to their cost with the proposed Willian deal. It is early days and the newspaper reports may only be the Ukrainian club using Tottenham to get their player on the market and alert interested clubs to his availability.
What do you think – would Yevhen Konoplyanka be a good signing for Tottenham?