Can Crystal Palace trump Liverpool for Tom Ince?

Crystal Palace could use their new Premier League status and cash to try and sign Tom Ince from Blackpool.

Ian Holloway can’t be blamed for looking at Ince as a possible option to improve the squad, as he’s worked with him before at Blackpool and it serves Liverpool right for taking so long over his future.

Palace will be injected with extra finances due to their return to the Premier League and they can use a large chunk of their initial budget to go after the Blackpool star.

It’s a move, which should appeal to him because of the fact he’s worked with Holloway before and also because it offers him the chance to try his hand at the top flight of the English game.

Palace are in a position where they need to make a big, bold statement because arguably their most important and effective player in Wilfried Zaha is off to Manchester United.

Ince is a player who could play any of several midfield positions for the London based club, filling in that void out wide left by Zaha or playing centrally similarly to how he’s had a big impact at Blackpool.

Holloway would be the first to state that if he was Liverpool boss, he’d have already got Ince signed up on a long term deal regardless of what it took so now he has the means to go after his former player, he can’t be blamed for doing so.

The issue, as always seems to be the case, is the cost but Holloway knows the sort of fee Blackpool will be looking for and what they will accept because he has first hand experience of working with the powers that be at the club.

If he identifies Ince as a target and wants him, he doesn’t have to play hard ball over the price. He knows the number that Blackpool will be looking for and he can make it a very easy deal for both parties by simply submitting the asking price as his first offer.

The worry for Palace fans is that this is a player without experience in the top flight of the English game, which makes him a risk at a crucial time for the club’s future and stability.

However, Aston Villa and Norwich are very good examples that managers in the Premier Leagues can buy well from the football league and those players can perform over a long season if they are given the chance to do so.

The major difference between the higher profile move to Liverpool and the lower profile move to Palace for Ince is going to be all about his future and his development.

He knows if he signs for Palace he is guaranteed game time under Ian Holloway while he faces a massive challenge getting into the Liverpool first team under Brendan Rodgers.

His next move will probably take him towards the peak of his career so that’s arguably the most important thing he has to bear in mind.

Would Ince be a good signing for Crystal Palace? Can they pull it off?

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