Football transfer rumours: Liverpool trying to sign Liverpool's Gustavo Viera?

Today’s tumbleweed is strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes

In what must go down as one of the all-time great transfer rumours, word reaches the Mill of Liverpool’s interest in the Liverpool midfielder Gustavo Viera. The 16-year-old currently plays for the Liverpool that sit fourth in the Campeonato Uruguayo, as well as for Uruguay’s Under-17s, but could swap South America for Merseyside if Jürgen Klopp wins what seems certain to be a heated battle for his services. Viera’s abilities – and his handy Italian passport – have also got scouts from Everton (actual English Everton rather than the Chilean Everton) and Barcelona (not the one in Ecuador) all excited.

Talking of Everton, Torino’s victory over Crotone yesterday was apparently watched by one of their fine representatives, who had been sent to cast an eye over both the midfielder Deniele Baselli and striker – and former rumoured Liverpool target – Andrea Belotti, who scored twice in the last 10 minutes to decide the game, has five goals and two assists in his last four league matches, sits joint top of the capocannoniere standings with a total tally of 10, will turn 23 next month and has apparently been valued at £30m.

Potentially heading to Italy shortly, meanwhile, is Jack Wilshere, with the Star insisting that Milan are still keen on brittle Englishman, even though he snubbed them back in the summer to spend a season on loan at Bournemouth instead. Also retaining an interest in a failed summer target are Leicester, who still like the look of Norwich’s Robbie Brady. Claudio Ranieri’s January shopping list doesn’t end there, however, with the Olympiakos and Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic also making an appearance.

Jordon Mutch, whose appearance on the bench for Crystal Palace’s match against Manchester City on Saturday is as close as he’s got to a Premier League pitch since his eight-minute run-out against Spurs back in August, is apparently on his way to Celtic for £2.5m, reports the Daily Record, though they say Brendan Rodgers has “a host of midfielders on his radar” and Aston Villa are also keen. Potentially heading in the other direction is Dundee’s 18-year-old midfielder James Cowan, who has got scouting hearts a-flutter with Derby, Oxford and West Ham providing an unusually diverse array of Sassenach-flavoured interested parties.

Less encouragingly for rumourmongers everywhere was Harry Kane’s insistence that a recent rumoured transfer-negotiating impasse with Tottenham was not actually in any way impasseful. “We’re in talks and I’m sure that we’ll get something sorted,” he said over the weekend. “I’m not panicking and I’m not demanding anything. I’m happy at the club and want to be here for a long, long time. We’ve only just started talking about it.” The Mill would expect a negotiation in which one party was “not demanding anything” to have been very brief indeed, but this would nevertheless seem to be encouraging news for Spurs. On a similar theme, West Ham are ready to hand Reece Oxford a new five-year deal to keep Manchester City’s greedy mitts off him, and Manchester United will hand Michael Carrick a one-year extension to delay his gentle drift into retirement.