Ince has revealed that he will sit down and sort out his future with Blackpool by the end of this month, which means Liverpool could put together a deal which will go through officially when the summer transfer market officially opens.
Ince has been linked with a move back to Anfield for over a year and Liverpool have already tried to sign him but the deal fell through as the club were unwilling to meet Blackpool’s asking price.
However, every story concerning his future seems to suggest that Liverpool are still interested in signing him which makes the possibility of a move back to Anfield more realistic.
The only reason it seems his future hasn’t already been sorted out is because his father, Paul Ince, is on holiday and he is away with England at the Under-21 European Championship.
“I left Liverpool at a young age and felt it was the right thing to do - I will sit down with dad and the chairman and I will talk through what is best for me. If I stay, then great - If not, we'll see what happens,” he told Sky Sports News.
Ince certainly fits the profile of what Brendan Rodgers seems to be looking for in current signings, which should make the board more willing to come up with a fee closer to the £10 million Blackpool will likely demand for him.
He’s only 21-years-old which means it’s an investment which could pay off if Liverpool ever sell him in the future and his versatility is also key.
He can play through the middle of the midfield or in a slightly wider role out on the left of the team, which gives Rodgers plenty of options when it comes to rotation, injuries and suspensions.
He scored 18 goals in the Championship for Blackpool last season which also suggests that he can provide a valuable level of support to Steven Gerrard and also take some pressure off of the Liverpool captain in terms of goalscoring.
The main obstacle seems to be that fee and the way the two clubs in this deal ended things the last time Liverpool tried to sign Ince.
If there us any bad feeling between the clubs then Liverpool don’t have much room to negotiate over price because Blackpool could simply choose to sell him to another team.
However, they have a little time to work things out and to talk to Blackpool, if those planned talks Ince mentions don’t go as planned and the club is forced to move him on rather than see him leave for free.
As soon as July 1 comes around, it creates the possibility that other clubs will start putting in bids which eventually mean Liverpool can’t afford him and that means they will miss out on a player they have put so much effort into scouting and following over the last year.
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