Yevhen Konoplyanka

Tottenham have joined Liverpool in the race for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to the Telegraph.

Ian Ayre has flown in to Ukraine to complete a move for the 24-year-old but it appears they face a fight to secure Brendan Rodger's number 1 target.

Tottenham, who recently sold Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC, are in the market to bolster their attack with Tim Sherwood increasingly likely to splash the cash after suffering a 5-1 loss to Manchester City at home.

Liverpool have fought - and lost - a number of transfer battles with Spurs in the past. In 2012 the north London club managed to prise Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Siggurdsson from Liverpool's clutches on deadline day.

Rodgers, fresh from the disappointment of losing out on Mohamed Salah, will be hoping that he won't be gazumped this time round, with the Merseyside club currently favourites to land Konoplyanka.

The player's father has talked up a move to the Premier League, stating that he will not entertain any offers from Ukraine and is set on plying his trade in the most popular league in the world.

"I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true. He can change clubs later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine," Konoplyanka senior said.

Rodgers recently talked up the prospect of a "major signing" which may take place before the transfer window and initial reports suggest that he was pointing to the Ukrainian.

Speaking after Liverpool's thrashing of Everton, Rodgers said: "I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days.

"I saw some headlines after yesterday's press conference in terms of the manager being angry with the club – nothing is further from the truth. We are not just going to get the players we want to get in for a number of reasons.

"Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games."