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Yevhen Konoplyanka
Liverpool continue to work on a deal for Konoplyanka.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is optimistic of forcing through a deal to sign Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka on deadline day but has rejected claims regarding a loan move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

Managing director Ian Ayre is understood to be in Ukraine in an attempt to thrash out a deal for the 24 year old Dnipro wideman who is expected to move to the Premier League in a deal worth £16m.

Rodgers is hoping to make a 'major' signing before the end of the January window and the Liverpool boss is hopeful the deal can be completed.

"There is obviously an interest in the player," Rodgers said.

"We'll see how it unfolds and the staff that are over there are giving us every chance to get the player and we need to see how that goes.

"It has happened very quickly. The timeline makes so but we've got a list of a number of players and we'll see how it all develops."

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The Liverpool manager also ruled out a deal for Richards, who has started just twice in the Premier League for city this season.

Reports have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur could launch a late bid for Konoplyanka, however manager Tim Sherwood has played down any move in the final hours of deadline day.

"I know him but nothing looks like happening. We'd have to do it now because we've only got two days left.

"I don't see it happening but that's why we've got people working with us. The chairman here is always asking me if there's anyone we need but I need to make sure they are of the quality we need and not just a body for the sake of it. It's very difficult to change clubs and settle. I would be very cautious if we did anything."

The deal appears unlikely to be completed until the final hours of the window and though Liverpool are trying to force the deal through, the player's agent has described the possibility of his client moving to England as "very high".