Less than two weeks until Christmas means less than three weeks until the January transfer window; a.k.a. "silly season" is upon us. The rumour mill is certainly back in full swing, as evidenced by the abundance of transfer rumours now circulating daily, reported by BBC Sport's daily roundup.
On Wednesday, Liverpool were linked with PSV's Ola Toivonen, according to David Maddock of the Mirror, a rumour that follows a pattern like many others you'll see—whereby the player was previously linked with a move that did not materialise.
Like a lot of transfer rumours, the report follows a simple formula; Liverpool need some cover up front and were previously interested in this player.
"Reds want to add depth up front by borrowing the Swede and giving him a chance to earn a free agent move in the summer," writes Maddock.
Toivonen is described as a versatile player, capable of playing up front or in midfield. He sounds like the ideal candidate to add some depth to the Liverpool squad, currently suffering without influential players Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge.
He has been used mostly in midfield at PSV this season and has 20 appearances for club and country, scoring just once. Last season he made 19 appearances for the Dutch club, claiming seven goals in the process.
Toivonen is a player who, as the Mirror's report states, was linked with a move to Liverpool in 2010. Mark Ogden in the Telegraph wrote at the time that "PSV are holding out for £13m for Sweden forward Toivonen, with Liverpool currently only prepared to pay £10m for the former Malmo player."
Maddock wrote on Wednesday that Toivonen "has been on the Anfield giants' radar since Kenny Dalglish tried to sign him in 2010," clearly missing that it was Roy Hodgson who was in charge of Liverpool in August 2010.
Toivonen spoke to Fotbollskanalen.se (via Sky Sports) last month, saying "I want to find a new club. But PSV also want that I sign and help the club. The dream would be to move in January, then PSV also get money."
Judging by the responses to the report on social media, Liverpool supporters are hoping the reported move does not come to fruition:
Even though he's a swede I'm hoping the Toivonen loan rumours just stays rumours.. Terrible player with bad attitude. #LFC— Ändy LFC (@andreaswoberg) December 12, 2013
No one in their right minds would sign Toivonen. Ever. The bloke breaks up your squad with his annoying behaviour and knows no loyalty— mstekelenburgfanpage (@MStekelenburg_) December 12, 2013
Last summer, Norwich were reported—in the Daily Mail—to have agreed to a £4.7 million fee for Toivonen, but the deal didn't materialise.
Perhaps it's this that plays a part in Liverpool supporters thinking: Should a club seeking Champions League football really be scouting players whom Norwich are interested in?
Toivonen, to some, could bring back memories of similar deals such as Andriy Voronin and Milan Jovanovic.
Should Liverpool be interested in Toivonen?
Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers and Fenway Sports Group, seem less likely to make such moves and will surely be seeking quality rather than quantity in the January window.
This was something the manager discussed earlier in the season, citing last January's additions: “It is quality we are after, not quantity. We see Coutinho and Sturridge's quality in January, if we bring in another three or four players of that quality and add that to what we have got then we have got a strong squad," Rodgers explained to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph.
Like a lot of transfer rumours, this one shouldn't be taken as gospel.