Newcastle look to enter the race for Ukrainian International Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is a left-sided midfielder and now a free agent, but is asking for huge wages.
Stoke City have balked at those wage demands.
Konoplyanka used to play at Dnipro Dnipropetrovs and 18 months ago he almost moved to Liverpool for the £16M buyout clause in his contact but Dnipro President Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to allow the 25 year-old to move to Merseyside.
Yevhen Konoplyanka – 25 year-old free agent
Konoplyanka has been at Dnipro all of his career and made his debut in the Ukrainian Premier League in August 2007, in a home game against Zakarpattia Uzhhorod, which ended 0–0.
At the time he was 17 years old and he has since played 210 times for the club with 45 goals and 37 assists, including playing 42 times last season with 8 goals and 7 assists.
Yevhen made his debut for Ukraine in May of 2010 and played the whole game in the 4–0 win over Lithuania in Kharkiv – and he had previously played for all the Ukrainian Youth sides.
Stoke have been trying to agree a deal with the 45 times capped winger (10 goals), but it seems they are unable to agree wages with the player.
Newcastle are reported as being one of the clubs who are keen to at least explore whether they can make a deal with the 5’10” tall winger.
The wage demands of the Ukrainian are said to be colossal so unless his wage demands come down then Newcastle will not be able to make a deal either – but he’s very keen to join the Premier league with some club.
His wage demands are said to exceed £100K/week – so he’s got to be kidding.
The player is due in England next week to talk to clubs who are interested – and that includes Newcastle – and needless to say this lad will go to the club who are willing to pay him the biggest wages.
So he’s after the money for sure.