Tom Ince will today decide whether to accept Cardiff’s transfer offer.
Blackpool’s star winger travelled to South Wales for talks with the Premier League newcomers on Monday.
He returned to training with the Seasiders on Tuesday and was given yesterday off to be present at the birth of his first child.
While the 21-year-old is believed to have been very impressed with the Cardiff set-up, The Gazette understands Ince is seriously considering staying at Bloomfield Road, at least for the start of the season (the transfer window remains open until the end of August).
He is torn between the chance to play in the top flight and staying loyal to Pool, where his father Paul is manager.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay confirmed today is decision day. He said: “We will have Tom’s decision this morning – that was always the case.
“We haven’t set him an ultimatum or anything but he’s promised to give us a response today. If he decides to come, then great; if he doesn’t, then we will move on.”
The Gazette revealed that Tom and Paul Ince travelled together for talks with Cardiff this week, and Mackay confirmed: “Both Paul and Tom had been away, so they arranged to come and speak to us on Monday.
“We sat down over a cup of tea and a biscuit and had a good chat. Tom was very impressed with the stadium, the city and the training ground, and he asked a lot of questions about the future and his role.”
If Ince stays, it will be a huge boost to his dad in his bid to add to his depleted squad.
Pool will play a full-strength side against an unamed side in a behind-closed-doors match tomorrow, then will field mainly triallists on Tuesday at Kendal Town.
Pool accept Gary Taylor-Fletcher has almost certainly left the club after failing to agree new terms and is now training with Sheffield Wednesday. Ian Evatt hasn’t accepted the club’s offer to train with them in a bid to earn a new deal. The defender is working on his fitness before linking up with Blackburn, while Craig Sutherland is not yet fit enough to take part in full training.