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Ince happy to stay at Blackpool; Barton nears QPR exit

Former Liverpool starlet Tom Ince has revealed that he is happy to stay at Blackpool amid reports that a bevy of clubs are interested in his services, Sky Sports reports.

The 20-year-old winger left the Merseyside in favour of  Lancashire in August 2011 after agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the Tangerines.

Ince, the son of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince, bagged eight goals and eight assists in 40 appearances (29 starts) in all competitions for the Seasiders during his debut season.

“I’m happy to stay at Blackpool – 100 per cent,” said Ince.

“And I have the double advantage of having the gaffer to guide me here and also my dad.

“The gaffer puts tremendous faith in me to play the way I do. He allows me to express myself.”

Both Blackpool and Ince have started the 2012/13 English Championship season on scintillating form. The Tangerines, who sit atop the English Championship table at the moment, have maintained a 100% record through three league games, highlighted by a 6-0 rout of Ipswich Town on Saturday, 25 August.

Meanwhile, Ince has bagged four goals and four assists in the aforementioned three matches, accounting for a whopping 80% of the Seasiders’ league goals this season. Subsequently, he’s attracting a lot of interest from other clubs, and rightfully so.

Barton nears QPR exit

Queens Park Rangers bad boy Joey Barton will meet with the west London club in the next 24 hours to discuss his future, Sky Sports understands.

Barton, who has three years remaining on his current contract, is currently serving a 12-match ban for violent conduct.

His eventual departure from Queens Park Rangers is surely a formality after the club decided not to assign him a squad number for the upcoming English Premier League season.

At the moment, Marseille looks like Barton’s most likely destination, but nothing is official just yet. In the meantime, QPR, who are scheduled to host Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, 28 August, must carry on with their season.

The upcoming weekend will be a very difficult one for Mark Hughes’ side, who will travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on title holders Manchester City.

There’s no doubt that City will be in the mood, knowing that Swansea City put five goals past the Super Hoops on the first day of the season.

English Premier League Betting Odds: Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

Manchester City (1/5) v Queens Park Rangers (14/1); Draw (11/2)

Mon 27 August, 2012
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