TOM Ince says he just wants the transfer window to close.
The Blackpool winger, who celebrates his 21st birthday today, has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs this month.
Reading are the latest to join the race, with boss Brian McDermott confirming his club had tabled a bid believed to be around £7m.
Liverpool have made no secret of their interest in resigning Blackpool’s star man, while Swansea have also made enquiries.
Pool chairman Karl Oyston remains determined to keep hold of his prized asset, but The Gazette understands his resolve will be tested again before tomorrow’s deadline.
Liverpool are believed to be ready to make one last move for the star, while Reading may be willing to raise their offer.
And Ince, who fired both Pool’s goals in Saturday’s win at Wolves to take his tally for the season to 15, says he’s looking forward to it all being sorted out.
“I’ll be looking forward to the transfer window closing, one way or another,” he admitted.
“The last few weeks hasn’t been frustrating but it’s not been ideal.
“I’ve never come out and said I wanted to leave this club.
“Right now I’m a Blackpool player and I love playing with a great group of lads who allow me to express myself. All I can do is work hard on the training pitch.”
Ince has remained level-headed amid all the speculation, always insisting it’s out of his hands.
While a big-money move to the Premier League would obviously appeal to him, he’s more than happy to carry on performing at Bloomfiled Road.
He said: “I just have to keep my head down and keep working. I will continue to keep giving everything for Blackpool. Whatever happens, happens.
“If nothing does, I’ll be more than happy to stay here, play for this club and these fans.
“It’s all about working hard, winning games and putting this club back up the table where it should be.”
Reading manager McDermott made the unusual move of commenting on his bid.
The Royals boss said of Ince: “He scores goals, he makes goals.
“He has good feet, he can go left, he can go right, he’s got a great attitude.
“But I’m talking about someone who doesn’t belong to us, so maybe I shouldn’t.”
Before Saturday’s double, Ince had gone 10 games without a goal.
Having topped the Championship’s scoring table earlier in the season, he admitted: “I’ve seen people shoot up the goalscoring charts and I want to catch them.
“I know it’s difficult as they are all out-and-out strikers but my aim has always been to add goals to my game.”
If Ince is about to leave, you wouldn’t know it.
As ever, he continues to talk positively about Blackpool and their chances for the rest of the season.
And he thinks there’s a decent spirit around Bloomfield Road.
“We’ve been together for the last two weeks,” he added.
“Look at the Fulham game (the FA Cup third-round replay) – we were so unlucky they equalised with the last kick.
“Against Cardiff the decisions went the wrong way, but the performances were there.”