Ince back at Blackpool after Cardiff talks

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Tom Ince has returned to training with Blackpool, despite spending Monday in Wales discussing a potential move to Cardiff City.

It is 10 days since Pool accepted the Premier League new-boys’ bid of £8m plus add-ons for their star man.

But last season’s 18-goal top scorer has asked Cardiff boss Malky Mackay for more time to make his decision and he returned to work at Blackpool’s Squires Gate training ground yesterday.

The winger has gone on record as saying there’s no rush to decide his future, although it’s understood the player was impressed by what he saw in Cardiff.

Ince took full part in training with the Seasiders on Tuesday, before spending two hours at Bloomfield Road signing autographs for young fans at a pre-arranged event in the evening.

The Seasiders have been given the day off today after a tough couple of weeks back in training, but it’s fully expected Ince will once again be training with Pool on Thursday.

Pool were continuing their search for new players today, with manager Paul Ince insisting as many as eight new faces are needed, even if his son stays.

The manager said: “If Thomas decides to stay, then that’s great. It will mean I have two of the best wingers in the division in him and Matty Phillips.

“But we still need to add goals to this side – last season we didn’t score enough.”

Ince senior will be back at Bloomfield Road today to discuss potential transfer targets. Pool have bid for MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson but are again looking for a striker after a move to sign former Newcastle man Nile Ranger fell through.

And the manager is under no illusions about the size of the task in hand.

He said: “There’s a lot of work to be done. We need to get a core of the team. We probably need seven or eight more players in yet.

“The season is getting closer, so we are playing catch-up.”

Many of the trial players involved in the win at Penrith on Saturday continued to train with the squad yesterday, but not Swedish striker Osman Sow.

The 23-year-old played 45 minutes for Pool before flying home. He came on as a 68th-minute substitute for Swedish side Syrianska FC the following day.

Pool had to request special permission for Sow to play. Manager Ince seemed impressed but it remains unclear whether he will return.

Ince said: “The boy Osman did well but it’s always difficult to play in those games.

“He played for his current club the following day, so he must be shattered.”