Ince set for Swansea after Pool talks

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Thomas Ince will today hold talks with Swansea after Blackpool granted him permission to discuss a loan move.

The winger didn’t feature in Saturday’s 18-man squad after calling Barry Ferguson that morning to say he wasn’t ready to play.

The 21-year-old had trained as normal since the sacking of his dad Paul last Tuesday and had indicated he would play.

But Ince changed his mind on Saturday morning and didn’t arrive at Bloomfield Road until 30 minutes before kick-off, an hour after the rest of the players had reported in.

Ferguson said: “He wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I can understand his reasons. I asked him the question and he was honest enough to give me a call.”

It left a huge question mark over the England U21 star’s future and last night Pool relesed this statement: “Blackpool FC can confirm that, 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 the club fully understands and supports.”

Ince will travel to South Wales this morning to hold talks with Swansea City. Cardiff, Everton and Crystal Palace have all expressed an interest.Ferguson said: “It’s been a difficult week for Tom.

“With his dad being the manager and all the speculation about his future, it’s obviously been tough.

“So I asked him the question direct and he said he wasn’t right. My main concern was that I had players who were going to be ready for Saturday. To be fair to him, he was honest to me.”

Ince is almost certain to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires. Everton, Monaco, Swansea and Tottenham are all understood to have spoken to the player’s representative.