Hunt made ‘ridiculous’ demands says Ince

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Paul Ince blames ‘ridiculous demands’ for the breakdown of a deal to sign Stephen Hunt.

The former Wolves winger trained with the Seasiders last week and did enough to impress at Blackpool boss.

Ince opened negotiations with the 32-year-old, only for the deal to break down.

“The demands which he made were ridiculous for someone who’d only played the last 10 games at Wolves,” Ince told The Gazette.

“He doesn’t have a contract anywhere and has been 
training alone in Ireland, so the demands were ridiculous so we left it.

“I spoke to the chairman and we decided we didn’t want to pay that sort of money.

“His agent was speaking to our chairman. I spoke to the player and next thing I knew he wasn’t here.”

Blackpool were first made aware of Hunt’s availability in the summer, and talks were held between Pool chairman Karl Oyston and the player’s agent.

It was a deal which dragged on before Ince asked to have a look at the player to monitor his fitness before making a final decision.

The boss added: “We could have done this deal four or five weeks ago, and this is what annoys me. If they weren’t asking for so much it would have been done weeks ago.

“Every time I talk about players it always seems to revert back to money.

“The thing about Blackpool is that players come here as they have a point to prove.

“Other clubs might not want them, that’s why players come here. We aren’t going to be spending millions of pounds on players.

“We thought Stephen Hunt would e a good addition to the club.

“Don’t get me wrong, he is a lovely lad. If the demands would have been lower we’d have done the deal.”

Blackpool are currently sat top of the Championship after winning four of their opening five games.

Much of their success has been built on team spirit, and that’s something Ince is desperate to maintain.

“If you’re willing to come here and prove yourself at Blackpool then the chairman will reward you,” he added.

“But just to pay someone a massive deal without proving themselves wasn’t going to work. The bottom line is that you don’t come to this club for money, you come because you want to play and prove people wrong. I want people who take
 delight in proving people wrong.

“As much as I’d have liked to have him, it didn’t happen and we’ve had to part ways.

“He’s a good kid, trained well, but it was just something we couldn’t make happen.”