Yehven Konoplyanka latest: West Ham make £9.5 million offer for Dnipro winger - reports
The Hammers have made an audacious move to sign the Ukraine international, who was previously linked with Liverpool and Tottenham.
West Ham United have made an audacious £9.5 million bid to sign Ukraine winger Yehven Konoplyanka, according to reports.
It appears that West Ham have stolen a march in the race to sign the highly-rated playmaker after Liverpool cooled their interest in signing the Ukraine international to focus on bringing in Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
According to The Telegraph, West Ham's opening bid of £9.5m is some way short of Konoplyanka's £12m buy-out clause written into his contract at Dnipro, but the West London club may increase their offer if Dnipro are willing to sell.
It is thought that the club are willing to match Konoplyanka's wage demands, believed to be in excess of £60,000-a-week, if they are given permission to speak to him about a move to the Premier League.
The 24-year-old was close to joining Liverpool in January after the Reds agreed to meet his release clause, but the deal was called off after Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk president Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sign the documentation to release him from his contract.
Tottenham also had a bid accepted for Konoplyanka but were usurped at the negotiation table by Liverpool. With new manager Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, it seems unlikely that they will provide opposition to West Ham's move.
Meanwhile, West Ham have confirmed the signing of 19-year-old Diego Poyet - the son of Sunderland manager Gus - from Charlton Athletic on a four-year deal.
Poyet is Sam Allardyce's fourth signing of the summer after bringing in Mauro Zarate, Cheikou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell.
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