Liverpool fans used to seeing every second trasnfer target chased by Spurs, with the London club often beating Brendan Rodgers' side to signatures in recent seasons, were left nervous by reports that Tottenham would challenge them for the signing of Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplyanka. They can now breathe a sigh of relief.
"Yeah, he plays off the left," was Tim Sherwood's response when asked if Konoplyanka was a player on Tottenham's radar and if there was any chance Spurs would launch a bid for his services before the end of the transfer window. "I know him but nothing looks like happening. We’d have to do it now because we’ve only got two days left.
"I don’t see it happening but that’s why we’ve got people working with us. The chairman here is always asking me if there’s anyone we need but I need to make sure they are of the quality we need and not just a body for the sake of it. It’s very difficult to change clubs and settle. I would be very cautious if we did anything."
There will still be concerns over suggestions by Konoplyanka's agent yesterday that at least one other English club was interested in the player, but by most accounts Liverpool are the most serious suitor for the 24-year-old winger and three time Ukraine player of the year, and unsourced reports suggest Dnipro owner Ihor Kolomoyski has confirmed a £16M bid in the Ukrainian press.