Rumour Mongering: Comolli's Revenge Edition

Martin Rose

Running down the latest transfer rumours from a Liverpool point of view with Sneijder still available, Yann M'Vila making a reappearance, and yet another candidate to replace Sebastian Coates as the club's third centre back.

Dealing with the biggest name right off the top in this round of rumour mongering, Wesley Sneijder still hasn't signed for Galatasaray. Which means he still hasn't not signed for Liverpool, which in turn offers a sliver of hope for those desperate to see Ian Ayre prove his claim that Liverpool aren't in fact operating with a youth-only policy in the market.

So hope and stuff. Unless you're the sort who thinks Sneijder is past his best and only really looking for one last big payday. At 28 years of age one would hope the Dutch playmaker still has at least a few good seasons left in the tank, but his recent contributions for Inter have been less than encouraging.

Elsehwere, Yann M'Vila once again finds himself linked to Liverpool Football Club. The 22-year-old French midfielder was first linked to Anfield back when Damien Comolli was still doing the shopping and Charlie Adam was but a rumoured target used to frighten proponents of pass and move football. Which is to say it's all probably just lazy rumour mongers doing what lazy rumour mongers do.

Still, M'Vila would at least be young enough to potentially grow from promising if raw prospect into midfield powerhouse, and would also provide options for Brendan Rodgers as a primarily defensive midfielder. Though at £6M and far from the finished product, one has to wonder if the club doesn't have more pressing concerns elsewhere to worry about first.

It's also worrying that M'Vila has been banned from international competition until 2014 by the French football federation. That might mean less wear and tear for the player since he won't face an international call-up for at least the next twelve months, but at the same time it speaks to major discipline or other personal issues.

Moving back to the backline, with Vegard Forren set to join Southampton, Liverpool's rumoured hunt for a third centre half whose name isn't Sebastian Coates continues. This time around, the name proposed is Sevilla's Federico Fazio, a rugged defender though hardly a name to get excited about—at least outside of that it suggests Liverpool might actually have a scouting staff that occasionally journeys outside of England.

The 25-year-old Argentinean would likely cost around £3M and it is believed German sides Hamburg and Hoffenheim are interested in him alongside Liverpool and West Ham.

And finally there's Olimpija attacker Andraz Sporar, who this week spoke of his desire to make the switch to the Premier League and Liverpool in particular, saying, "I'm quite ambitious and my goals are high, so I will only be happy when I wear the Liverpool shirt. That is the club I support."

The 18-year-old is leading scorer in the Slovenian league with seven goals in 20 games, and while there is no suggestion Liverpool are in fact in for him, and though it seems unlikely Sporar would make a difference for the club this season, we wish him the best of luck to him in his efforts to achieve his dream.

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