Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Blackpool offer Tom Ince new deal; N’Koulou staying at L’OM

Blackpool F.C. chairman Karl Oyston has confirmed the club have offered Tom Ince a new deal at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool F.C. chairman Karl Oyston has confirmed the club have offered Tom Ince a new deal at Bloomfield Road, Sky Sports understands.

Ince, 21, left Merseyside for Lancashire in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to tally 32 goals and 26 assists in 103 appearances in all competitions for the Seasiders.

The England Under-21 international, whose current contract is due to expire at the end of the season, has been the subject of interest from a host of European clubs, including Ajax, Internazionale, Liverpool and Swansea City, in recent times.

Due to his age, Blackpool would receive compensation should Ince decide to leave the club in the summer, but a massive bid could secure a January move for the 21-year-old ace.

“We get compensation if he goes abroad, but I think it’s more likely a domestic club will make an offer in January,” Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire.

“It’s down to Tom and his father whether we choose to sell or keep him until the end of his contract.

“We have offered him a new contract. It’s very fluid, there’s nothing definite and I certainly shall not start speculating. Who knows what will happen, but it’s an interesting situation.”

Ince — 8/1 to open the scoring against Burnley on Saturday — has bagged six goals and four assists in 17 appearances in the English League Championship this season.

N’Koulou staying at L’OM

Olympique de Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou has ruled out the possibility of leaving the Stade Vélodrome in the January transfer window.

Over the past few seasons, the Cameroon international, who joined Marseille from AS Monaco in 2011, has caught the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

Recent reports have suggested Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Monaco and Napoli are interested in signing the 23-year-old stopper in the New Year.

However, N’Koulou, having recently suffered a dip in form, has made it clear he will not leave the club, who are currently in sixth-place in the Ligue 1 table, in January.

“Leaving in the winter? I am no coward,” N’Koulou told France Football.

“I am not happy with what I have showed recently, so in such circumstances I won’t leave.

“I owe a lot to L’OM who made me make a name for myself. It is very important for me to find again my best level first.”

N’Koulou has not scored a goal for Les Phocéens despite making over 100 first-team appearances for the club.


Shawn Etemadi



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