Stoke’s Konoplyanka move in doubt

Stoke City’s efforts to sign Dnipro’s Yehven Konoplyanka on a free transfer has been put in doubt because of the winger’s huge wage demands.

The 25-year-old’s contract has run out at the Europa League finalists, and was all set to join Tottenham Hotspur until the London side pulled the plug on the deal.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Konoplyanka wants a £3m signing on fee, and £100,000 a week, which Mark Hughes and Stoke City wouldn’t be able to afford.

Hughes says he would like ‘quality over quantity’ at Stoke in the summer, but the former Manchester City boss will find that difficult if the Potters don’t change their wage structure.

However, Stoke are finalising deals for Blackpool duo Marc Weddington and Dominic Telford who could both join for tribunal fees set at £100,000 each.

Konoplyanka has been a target for several Premier League sides, including Liverpool, who just missed out on signing the Ukrainian. 

However, forking out £100k a week for a 25-year-old with no Premier League experience is pushing the boat out for any side in England, so there is no wonder as to why a deal can’t be tied up. 

Konoplyanka has scored 7 goals in 20 games for Dnipro this season. 

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