Livepool are evidently seeking a winger in the January transfer window, but could Brendan Rodgers bring someone back to Anfield?
Rodgers has been linked with a whole host of names, from Andriy Yarmolenko to Diego Capel, from Jeremy Menez to Sidney Sam, despite signing Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea in the summer. However, could the answer to Rodgers' problems have already been a part of the setup at Liverpool?
Since being let go by Kenny Dalglish in 2011, Thomas Ince has been Blackpool's star man, scoring 30 goals in just 89 league games. His displays for the Seasiders have attracted the interest of many Premier League clubs, including Newcastle, Everton and even Cardiff City, though Ince decided to stay in Lancashire after the birth of his first child.
Despite his father Paul being the manager at Bloomfield Road, Ince has declared his desire to leave Blackpool through his representative Chris Nathaniel, which will alert Premier League sides in January.
'Thomas now feels he is ready for Premier League football on a regular basis – whether that comes in January or at the end of the season,' he is quoted to have said by The Mirror last month. 'He is grateful for the chance Blackpool have given him but he now wants to step up a level.'
With an £8m bid accepted in the summer from Cardiff, Liverpool could certainly afford to bring the 21-year-old back to Merseyside. Manager Brendan Rodgers has been known to favour playing with pacey wingers, as seen during his successful spell with Swansea City, where he revitalised the careers of Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer, and Ince certainly fits that mould.
Ince is now ready to make the step up to the Premier League, and whilst Liverpool will have to pay a lot more than the £250,000 compensation fee they received for the winger, Ince has the potential to form a dangerous combination on the flanks with Raheem Sterling in the future for the Reds.
Whilst Liverpool fans may be hoping for a bigger name to join the ranks alongside Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez, the opportunity to bring in a talented, young English winger may be too good to pass up for Rodgers.
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