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Reds miss out on Konoplyanka

Sky sources understand that Liverpool have missed out on the signing of Yevhen Konoplyanka from Ukrainian club Dnipro.

Chief executive Ian Ayre had flown out to the Ukraine to continue negotiations about a deal, thought to be in the region of 15m, but the move has fallen apart before the transfer deadline.

Konoplyanka is believed to have undergone a medical, but unconfirmed reports suggest the two clubs could not agree a fee, despite the release clause being met.

Premier League rivals Spurs were also interested in Konoplyanka, but he will remain with Dnipro.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said earlier on Friday: "There's obviously an interest in the player.

"We'll see how it evolves. It is obviously a little complicated but the staff that are over there have done brilliant work in terms of giving us every chance to get a player."

The medical must be completed in Ukraine as Konoplyanka, who scored against England at Wembley during World Cup qualifying, does not currently have a visa.

Konoplyanka claimed he is 'excited' by the possibility of joining Liverpool.

"I'm excited about it and soon everyone will know where I will play," said Konoplyanka earlier this week.

"Is it very serious with Liverpool? I am shocked myself at how serious it is. I think in the near future everything will become clear."