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West Ham are preparing to beat Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham to Ukrainian star Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Liverpool were heavily linked with Konoplanka in January, although a deal fell through at the last minute. United and Tottenham have both since expressed an interest in the player, but so far no move has been forthcoming.
The 24-year-old has a £12m buy-out clause in his contract but there are some concerns about whether the player wants a move to England.
Indeed, Konoplyanka has previously stated his desire to stay at Dnipro and play in the Champions League next term.
The Hammers have embarked on an ambitious overhaul of their squad this summer with Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate having already arrived.
But a move for a hot property like Konoplyanka would show real ambition from the east London club.
It now remains to be seen whether the Hammers are willing to stump up the £12m to trigger the clause in his contract and - more importantly - whether Konoplyanka is willing to move despite a lack of European football next term.