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'London life is better than Liverpool'

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Tottenham are set to edge out Liverpool in the race to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

Liverpool came close to agreeing a deal to sign the winger, who has scored against Tottenham in the Europa League this season, towards the end of the January transfer window and will revisit the move in the summer, according to various reports.

However, they may miss out again, with Kolomoyskyi claiming he is already in advanced talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and that London life is better than Liverpool.

He told Ukrainian TV station 2+2: "I'm talking with the Tottenham president. He wants Konoplyanka. We're negotiating and may even be close to signing a contract.

"Liverpool was just some representatives talking on the phone. Talks with Spurs are entirely on another level. I do not want to criticise Liverpool, but if I was interested in football players, I would have done it a week or two before.

"If Spurs want Konoplyanka, I'd happily sell. London life is better than Liverpool. Spurs' interest is strong and advanced. I talked with Konoplyanka. Of course, he had regrets, but the [move to Liverpool] failed purely due to technical reasons

"I'm ready to let any player leave; we can't break his sports career. But on the final day, Liverpool failed to do a deal. They failed themselves. It was purely technical reasons. I'm ready to let go of any player because we cannot break a career, we cannot break players' destiny."

Liverpool will instead turn their attention to £25 million-rated Benfica striker Rodrigo.

The 23-year-old has scored 10 times this season - including one against Spurs in the Europa League last week - and the Daily Mirror claims Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been monitoring him closely.

Rodrigo, who was born in Brazil but has represented Spain between Under-19 and Under-23 levels, already has Premier League experience having spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Bolton - where he scored once in 21 appearances.

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