The national papers are suggesting Liverpool will have a fight on their hands if they want Tom Ince and not from a side you’d expect.
Reading are thought to be ready to enter the race to sign Ince with an offer around the £7 million mark which is thought to be closer to the valuation that Blackpool are holding out for.
Liverpool have already made a formal approach to sign Ince but Blackpool have rejected it, as the bid fell way short of what they are willing to accept for the player.
Liverpool’s reluctance to get a deal sorted out quickly could mean that Reading have the space to nip in and sign the player, seemingly from out of nowhere.
There are even certain advantages that Ince would get from taking a move to Reading over Liverpool despite the calibre of the two clubs.
Fair enough Reading are in a relegation fight this season but they offer Ince the best chance to play Premier League football frequently.
Brian McDermott is a very shrewd manager and he will be able to recognise that Ince is at his best for Blackpool when the team is playing under pressure, which is something he’ll always endure as a Reading player.
Where Reading miss out is in the respect that Ince has a Liverpool background and has already played for the club, earlier in his career.
Therefore, he may desire a move back to Anfield as a chance to prove he is now a much better player than when he was originally allowed to leave the club.
The other thing which is always going to favour Liverpool is the fact they have the chance to play in a greater variety of competitions.
Liverpool could offer Ince the chance to play Europa League football or even Champions League football if they have a solid second half of the season.
This allows Ince to improve his experience as a top flight player and he knows he’ll get games in Europe because Brendan Rodgers has frequently used young players in European games.
What it boils down to is Ince’s desire to play Premier League football but if he’s holding out for a move back to Anfield, he may well have to wait until the end of the season.
Reading fans, any chance of this happening?
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