Hamburg's sporting director Frank Arnesen has this week confirmed Liverpool interest in Son Heung-Min—or at least confirmed that he's heard Liverpool are interested in the player, which could mean anything from informal inquiries to reading about it in the local paper. He also says no official approach has been made as of yet, which in the end if what matters.
"I'm aware of the [Liverpool] interest, but there has been no direct contact with the club and myself," said Arnesen. "I'm happy with that obviously as I don't want one of my young, best players to leave when we are building a team. And he's one of my important players."
However, if the versatile 20-year-old attacker cannot be convinced to sign a new deal with Hamburg, it's conceivable he could be sold for less than £10M before the end of the January window with the German side looking to cash in on one of Europe's brightest attacking prospects while they still can. Arsenal and Tottenham are also rumoured to be tracking Son's status.
Elsewhere, the everything old is new again category gets a new entry this week with rumours Liverpool is once again interested in Moussa Sow. The 26-year-old Senegalese international would seem a little long in the tooth for Fenway Sports Group, especially given his likely price tag of around £10M and that the striker has shown little positional flexibility over his career.
Sow currently plies his trade for Fenerbahce after moving there from Lille last January. At the time he was rumoured to be a target for Liverpool and former director of football Damien Comolli, and chances are this latest round of rumours are nothing but a rehashing of last year's.
As for the dragged out drama surrounding Tom Ince's potential Liverpool move, the player has followed his father's earlier suggestions he might be better off staying at Blackpool by reaffirming his commitment to the Championship side.
"My future right now is here," said Ince. "I'm a Blackpool player, I'm contracted to Blackpool, and I'll continue to give 100% for this team."
It's hardly pledging his loyalty to the Seasiders from now until the end of eternity, but given Liverpool's past difficulties negotiating with Blackpool and chairman Karl Oyston and put alongside his father's earlier proclamations, a January that ends with Ince still at Blackpool is looking more likely by the day.
Meanwhile, rumours suggest a deal for young Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin could be closer than ever, which in turn would suggest Liverpool have found a loan destination for Sebastian Coates. There are also rumours that with Dani Pacheco clearly not in Brendan Rodgers' plans at Liverpool, Leeds United could soon become the young Spaniard's new home.