Liverpool and Everton transfer rumours rated: Reds monitor Barcelona’s Gavi, Blues eye Spurs’ Harry Winks,

We round up the latest gossip coming out of both sides of Merseyside and give our verdict.

Reds monitor Barca wonderkid

Liverpool are monitoring Barcelona wonderkid Gavi as per El Nacional.

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The 17-year-old has broken into the Barca first-team set-up, making seven appearances so far this season.

He also became the youngest-ever player to represent Spain in their Nations League defeat of Italy on Tuesday.

Gavi is said to have a €50 million release clause, although Manchester United and PSG are also keeping tabs.

- Rumour rated: when any fledgling talent emerges onto the scene, the top clubs in Europe sit up and take note.

Liverpool are known for snapping up teenagers - Harvey Elliott and Kaide Gordon are prime examples.

For someone who has only seven games under his belt, the transfer fee is hefty. The Reds don’t pay those sorts of fees unless they’re 100% sure it’s worth the cash.

One to tentatively acknowledge and see how Gavi progresses this season. Should he be offered and sign a new contract at the Nou Camp, it’s likely his release clause will skyrocket.

Blues enquire about Winks

Spurs midfielder Harry Winks. Picture: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Everton have made enquires about Tottenham's Harry Winks, according to Caught Offside.

The midfielder has fallen out of favour at Spurs after Nuno Espírito Santo's arrival as manager.

Winks has been confined to just two Premier League outings this season. It's expected that Winks is to leave north London, it will be a loan deal.

- Rumour rated: it appears that Rafa Benitez wants someone who can operate in the engine room in January.

With Donny van de Beek and Isco previously linked, Winks is the latest.

Benitez has previously spoken about getting the balance of his signings right. He covets players capable who know the Premier League and can make an impact from the outset.

With more than 100 top-flight games under his belt, Winks meets that criteria.

Then it ultimately comes down to whether Benitez thinks he's an upgrade on the likes of Andre Gomes and Tom Davies.

Madrid to cash in on Marco

Marco Asensio scores for Real Madrid against Mallorca. Picture: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid are willing to allow Marco Asensio to leave amid his links with Liverpool, reports Spanish outlet ABC.

Asensio has been out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, starting just games to date.

With less than two years on his deal remaining, it’s said that Real will look to cash in on Asensio rather than allowing him to leave on a free.

- Rumour rated: Asensio seems like one of those names that might not go away.

The middle of the park is an area that Jurgen Klopp may look to address next summer. The Reds didn’t replace Gini Wijnaldum after his exit while James Milner’s contract expires in June.

However, do Liverpool need a creative midfielder? They’ve already got Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott as options, while Thiago Alcantara range of passing can carve defences open.

Seasiders still sweet on Simms

Ellis Simms spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackpool. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

Blackpool hold out hope of re-signing Everton striker Ellis Simms in January.

Chief executive Ben Mansford told the Blackpool Gazette he hopes "we would be capable of securing him back if it was right for all parties".

Simms moved to Bloomfield Road last January and thrived. He bagged 10 goals in 24 games to help Blackpool achieve League One promotion.

- Rumour rated: it's hardly a surprise Simms is wanted back on the Fylde coast. In his first loan spell, he surpassed all expectations.

A hamstring injury he sustained before Blackpool's play-off final victory kept him out during pre-season and meant he couldn't leave on loan.

There's also an issue to sort with Simms' Everton contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Once that is resolved, the Blues will likely look to get him out into the Championship - especially as fellow youngster Lewis Dobbin has been coming off the bench ahead of Simms.