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Yevhen Konoplyanka
Yevhen Konoplyanka

Former Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny has cautioned Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur against signing Yevhen Konoplyanka as he claims that Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk star's style of play is not suited for the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has been a transfer target for the Merseyside club after the winger's father admitted that a move to Anfield before the transfer window shuts on 11pm GMT Friday could still be on the cards.

Liverpool are likely to face competition from their league rivals as Spurs are also reportedly interested to be in the race for Konoplyanka's signature. The two clubs are battling it out to bring the Ukraine international to England in the ongoing transfer window.

Luzhny, who was under Arsene Wenger at the north London club between 1999-2003, claims that Konoplyanka's style of play is well suited for Spain and Italy. In addition to this, the former Gunner defender has labelled Konoplyanka to be a headless chicken.

"I don't think the English league is right for him. Konoplyanka's style of play is better suited to Italy or Spain," Luzhny told the Mirror.

"The game in England is totally different - it's about power. You have to run back and forth, back and forth. You run at speed up and down, and it's like that for 90 minutes."

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"I saw how he played in the [World Cup qualification playoff] second leg against France, when Ukraine lost 3-0, and he was like a headless chicken. It is a completely different level. When you play in the Ukraine, you can afford not to run."

"In the match against France, it was evident that Konoplyanka barely runs at all. Konoplyanka is a good player, but he is suited to Spain or Italy, not England," the former Ukraine international added.

The Daily Mail reports that Brendan Rodgers has set his sights on bringing Konoplyanka to Anfield. Liverpool are preparing a £20m bid and are closing in on signing the Dnipro star on the final day of the January transfer window.

The Reds are set to beat Spurs in the race to sign Konoplyanka as Rodgers looks to bolster Liverpool's squad for the remainder of the season.