Liverpool Winter Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2012

Liverpool Winter Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

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    November approaches and the winter transfer window creeps ever closer, as does the chance for teams and manager to re-assess their squad options and add where possible that extra one or two elements who could make the difference between salvation and despair, objectives achieved and targets missed, and possibly even jobs saved and lost.

    It also brings about a dramatic increase in the number of players "about to sign" for any given club, especially one where funds are said to be available and the manager perhaps didn't quite get in the names he wanted in the previous summer.

    Liverpool, of course, remain linked with a number of players even at this early stage and the world media leave it to you, the reader and the supporter, to sift through those which are perhaps less likely than others.

    Here is the latest round-up of all transfer activity surrounding Anfield.

Finnish Youngster Joel Pohjanpalo

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    Let's start with a young forward who had a trial at Liverpool in the summer, before deciding to stay in Finland with his present club.

    It might seem a strange decision for a promising footballer to make, but Joel Pohjanpalo is already a regular for his first team HJK Helsinki and would only have been part of the youth development squad at the Reds.

    Mirror Sport say that the deal could still happen in January though, following the culmination of the Finnish league. Pohjanpalo has scored 19 times at senior level, and is 18 years old.

Christian Eriksen: The Big Name Target

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    As far as the rumours go, it seems to be that Liverpool will be in the market in January for at least one top-class player.

    Christian Eriksen certainly comes into that category, but the young Dane is an attacking midfielder who prefers playing centrally; possibly the area of the field in which Liverpool are best-stocked these days.

    His signing, therefore, would necessitate either a role shift for himself or someone else, or perhaps a slight tweak of the formation from Brendan Rodgers.

    The National quotes the oft-used 30 million Euro mark as the asking price for the Ajax playmaker.

Or Is It Klaas-Jan Huntelaar?

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    A significantly more experienced player, but with just as big a name on the European football scene, is Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

    According to TalkSport, though now playing for Schalke, the goal scoring machine is out of contract this coming summer and will be able to leave on a free transfer—meaning a reduced-fee move in January could also be on the cards.

    The Reds certainly need a striker who can find the back of the net and Huntelaar fits the bill in this regard, and he has also played previously with Reds' forward Luis Suarez.

    Put two and two together and...well, you can certainly see where the link has come from.

    As for whether it is realistic, on the cards or likely, only time will tell.

Lewis Holtby Being Monitored by Reds

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    Sticking with Schalke, one of Huntelaar's teammates is also being tracked by the Reds, according to the Daily Mail.

    Lewis Holtby is a versatile midfielder and has made himself part of the German national team setup, if only on the fringes for now, and is surely one of the most coveted young players in Europe at the moment.

    Like Huntelaar, Holtby's contract is up in the summer and he could be set for a move away after his agent revealed talks with English clubs were ongoing.

    There is still the possibility that Holtby stays with Schalke and this move by his agent is to better the terms for his client, of course.

The Regulars: Latest on Sturridge, Walcott, Mertens

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    We'll finish up with the troika of wide forwards regularly linked with a switch to the Reds: Theo Walcott, Daniel Sturridge and Dries Mertens.

    Walcott swings on a weekly basis from "not good enough" to "one of the league's best" in the views of some fans, and his hat-trick demolition of Reading in the League Cup this weekend is probably a good example of that.

    This morning, of course, Metro reports Walcott is back in the frame to sign a new deal with Arsenal, who will reportedly pay him up to £100,000 per week to keep him.

    One player who looks significantly less likely to stay at his current club is Chelsea striker Sturridge, who is playing less minutes all the time with Fernando Torres as the manager's preferred striker. Persisting though along with Sturridge's wishes to leave is the news from The People that it must be a permanent deal—he doesn't want a January loan (h/t Metro).

    The quoted price to the services of the forward is £15 million, though contract situations again mean the end fee could be considerably lower than that.

    And finally, PSV forward Dries Mertens is Brendan Rodgers' alternative to Theo Walcott, with a £12 million price tag attached to him (via the Daily Mirror).

    These three stories will no doubt continue to run on through the winter until they either sign new deals or get the moves they want—and if you want a guess, it might be wise to say that the Sturridge scenario has the best fit at present for both clubs and player.