Yevhen Konoplyanaka on Stoke City’s radar

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is reportedly vying to bring Dnipro’s Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanaka to the Britannia stadium.

Konoplyanaka was on the losing side of the Europa League final against Sevilla but interest in the Ukranian is reported to be high after a series of quality performances have helped his side to an unlikely Europa League final spot in the first place.

The 25-year-old has also been impressive for quite a few seasons now, having been linked to a host of Premier League clubs in the past including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Manager Mark Hughes is said to have dispatched a team of Stoke officials to Ukraine to seal a deal for the flying winger but his £100,000-a-week wages might be a stumbling block.

Stoke’s ambition in the transfer market has been clear of late with the signing of Bojan Krkic last summer and negotiations with Xherdan Shaqiri before he moved to Inter Milan in January.

Stoke have already confirmed Philipp Wollscheid’s permanent signing for about £2.75 million and also confirmed the signing of Danish goalkeeper, Jakob Haugaard.

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