Saturday, December 22, 2012

No Liverpool Deal For Ince, Claims Blackpool Manager

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has denied that Liverpool already have a deal in place for coveted winger Tom Ince, but has admitted the Merseyside club have been in contact regarding the England U21 international.

Reports earlier the week suggested that Liverpool had come to an agreement with Blackpool over the January transfer of the 20-year-old, in addition to agreeing a deal with Chelsea for Daniel Sturridge. But while there have been talks between the club, Appleton has revealed that Liverpool’s offer fell well short of the Tangerines’ valuation of the player.

"I think there's been a conversation between (chairman) Karl Oyston and Liverpool about an offer,” Appleton told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"But as far as I'm aware, its way below the type of money we'd expect for someone of Tom's talent."

Liverpool reportedly lodged a bid in the region of £6million for Ince, who has also been targeted by Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Ince was released by Liverpool just 18 months ago after he was deemed to be not of a sufficient standard for the club, but Brendan Rodgers appears to be keen to re-enlist the winger, However, Appleton is not considering life after Ince just yet.

"He'll continue to play as long as we hold his registration," the Blackpool boss continued.

"I wouldn't say I'm resigned to losing him just yet though. There's still a lot of work that we feel has to be done before anything like that happens."

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