Let the speculation finally end. Yevhen Konoplyanka will not be a Tottenham Hotspur player. Sevilla FC announced on their club website that the Ukrainian winger will be joining the Europa League champions pending a medical.
Konoplyanka was long linked to Tottenham ever since he torched Spurs when his Dnipro club played Tottenham in the 2013-14 Europa League. Just this week it was rumored that he had flown to north London for a medical ahead of joining Tottenham for the new EPL season, only to see him instead show up in the Madrid airport. This led, naturally, to speculation that he was in negotiations with Atletico Madrid. Nope! Turns out he was finalizing a deal with the club that beat his Dnipro in this year's Europa League championship match, and that had only a few days ago broken off a deal.
I can think of, off the top of my head, several Cartilage Free Captain commenters who are likely doing a happy dance right now. Konoplyanka always did seem a strange fit for Tottenham. Kono would've been an upgrade to Andros Townsend, but the same sort of fast, tricky winger that Pochettino doesn't seem to want to utilize on the wings all that often. He would've been fine, and he'll probably do very well at Sevilla. This also means that he has successfully escaped war-torn Ukraine, to which I am glad.
But finally, FINALLY we can end the speculation. Fare you well, Yevhen Konoplyanka. Enjoy playing in the Champions league next season. And, much like Leandro Damiao, I hope we never hear your name connected to Tottenham Hotspur ever again.