READING CONFIRM BID
The Reading manager Brian McDermott has confirmed that the club have made an offer for the Blackpool striker Tom Ince, who is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in Championship football.
He has been linked with a move to Liverpool over the last few months, but Reading have made the first move by making an official bid for the player. The 20-year-old has managed to score 15 goals in just 27 appearances for the club this season. Blackpool have valued the player at around £ 8 million, but the five-time European champions Liverpool are not willing to go beyond £ 6 million for the player.
This could apparently result in the player moving to Reading, who are struggling in the Premier league. The club are 19th in the Premier league table and they are looking at the prospect of dropping back into the Championship if results do not improve over the course of the season. McDermott has spoken in glowing terms about the player by saying that he is capable of playing in a number of positions, while he has been displaying a lot of quality even at this tender age. Ince was a former Liverpool youth team product, but was released by the club as a teenager.
"We are waiting for Blackpool to come back to us, we shall see where it goes. He is a Blackpool player so it is difficult for me to comment. But he is a player of real quality. He can play in the number 10 role, on the right and the left. He has fantastic feet, loves his football, scores goals, creates goals and has got a real hunger about him. Having said that, he is a Blackpool player so I wouldn't normally talk about a player who doesn't belong to us," said McDermott.