Ince would only go for ‘ridiculous’ offer

Paul Ince with Thomas last season
Paul Ince with Thomas last season
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Paul Ince is aware of the interest surrounding his son Tom, but he hopes to keep the winger at Blackpool for one more season unless a “ridiculous” offer is made.

Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace are the latest club to enquire about Pool’s star man, with other Premier League clubs lining up to try to prise the 21-year-old away from Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's Thomas Ince .. - (Photo by Stephen White)

Blackpool's Thomas Ince .. - (Photo by Stephen White)

He is contracted for another 12 months, meaning the Seasiders are under no pressure to sell and manager Ince told The Gazette he is relaxed about the situation.

“We knew there would be a lot of interest in Thomas and that’s proving to be the case,” he said.

“But speaking to him, he will be happy to come and play here again. I’m not saying he doesn’t want to go and play in the Premier League because I know one day he will.

“If we can keep him for the next 12 months, then it will save us from looking elsewhere.

“We’d like to keep him but if someone makes a ridiculous offer we’ll have to look at it. Fingers crossed he’ll be here again next year.”

Palace contacted Pool chairman Karl Oyston last week to discuss a number of players, including Ince and fellow winger Matt Phillips.

No official bid was made, and it’s unlikely the south London club will follow up their initial enquiry.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Cardiff, Swansea and Newcastle are all monitoring the situation, while reports have also linked Ince to Inter Milan.

Inter are among Ince senior’s former clubs, though the Pool boss feels his son may not yet be ready to join the Italian giants.

He said: “He’s still a young lad and to go to Inter Milan at his age would be a huge ask for him. I’m not saying he couldn’t do it as he’s a clever lad, but it would be big.

“Not a lot of English players go abroad, maybe because of the language barrier.

“I went to Inter Milan and it was absolutely fantastic. I wish I could have stayed there forever. It’s great that Thomas is linked with teams like that. It shows how well he’s done.”