Highly-rated Blackpool winger Thomas Ince is set for a loan move to a Premier League club before the January transfer window slams shut.
A move to the top-flight has been mooted for the England under-21 international for a while now and it now looks like he will now get his opportunity in the Premier League.
Ince is out of contract at Bloomfield Road this summer and was expected to see out the remaining months of his contract and then move on a free transfer in the summer.
However, the sacking of his father Paul as Tangerines boss seems to have persuaded the youngster to move away from the seaside sooner, rather than later.
Ince has been linked with a number of top-flight clubs, including Hull, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. However, the team who are set to win the race for his signature are believed to be Swansea City. The Welsh side have reportedly been tracking the youngster for a while.
The Tangerines released a statement confirming the move. The statement read: “Following discussions with Thomas Ince and his representative, permission has been given for Thomas to discuss a loan move to a Premier League club.
“Thomas has expressed his ambition to play in the Premier League for the remainder of the season, a decision that the club fully understands and supports.”
Ince, who turns 22 on Thursday, is a talented young winger who has impressed for both Blackpool and the England under-21’s in recent seasons. The former-Liverpool trainee is the Tangerines top scorer this season with seven goals in the Championship this season.
He has proved he has ability in the second tier, but the big question is will he have the same impact in the Premier League. He has yet to make an appearance in the top-flight and made just one competitive appearance during his time at Liverpool in the league cup.
Ince has come on leaps and bounds since his time as a Liverpool trainee. The winger seems like a level headed young man and has benefitted immensely from playing first team football with the Tangerines.
He made a big decision by leaving Liverpool in search of playing experience. It was a brave decision because he could have stayed at Anfield and still been waiting for a chance in the first team. Instead to aide his progression he moved to Bloomfield Road, which has been the making of him.
The move to Blackpool has saw him develop into a very good Championship player and ensured that he will make a swift return to the top-flight.
Ince is reportedly a man in-demand, even mega-rich French club Monaco were linked with a move for the youngster. A host of Premier League were supposedly on the youngsters trail, but it looks like Swansea are set to win the race.
A move to Swansea could be an ideal one for Ince. The Welsh side do not have big expectations for the season, but try to play football under Danish legend Michael Laudrup. The way the Swans have played in recent years has put big importance on the wingers.
Their wide men are vital to the formation that the Welsh side use. The likes of Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez have all had their seasons hampered by injuries and loss of form. Ince could be the ideal player to come in and help get the team winning once more.
Ince is a player that will fit into the Swans way of playing perfectly and if he performs well then he could earn himself a permanent move to Wales. If not then he could put himself in the shop window for other top-flight clubs.
Thomas Ince has earned himself a second chance at the big time and he seems like the sort of youngster that will take it with both hands. He may have struggled to establish himself at Anfield, but all things point to him being a success second time round.
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