Ince departure not a certainty

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MICHAEL Appleton insists he’s not resigned to losing star man Tom Ince.

The 20-year-old winger has been linked with a number of moves when the transfer window opens next month.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers has made Ince one of his top targets and tabled a bid in the last 24 hours.

However, the bid was rejected by Pool chairman Karl Oyston, with boss Appleton claiming it was nowhere near what they expect.

He said: “There have been a conversation with Karl Oyston and Liverpool, regarding an offer.

“It’s way below the type of money we’d expect for someone of Tom’s talent.

“The chairman keeps me informed, but I think he had a chat with Liverpool.

“There was an offer, but obviously is way below what we expect.

“I’m not resigned to losing Tom just yet.

“There’s a lot of work to be done before he goes anywhere.”

Ince has been in red hot form for the Seasiders so far this season firing 13 goals in 21 games so far.

He arrived at Bloomfield Road at the start of last season for a fee of around £250,000.

Crucially, Liverpool inserted a 35% sell-on clause in the deal, which means Pool owe them a cut of any future profit they make.

And while Appleton realises he won’t be able to keep Ince forever, he hopes he can until the end of the season at least.

“I’d be delighted if Tom could stay with us until the end of the season,” said Appleton.

“If he gets anywhere near the return in the 20 games we’d get out of him, as he has in the first half of the season then we’ll be delighted.

“If that was the case, I’d be delighted.”

Ince has shaken off a groin strain and will start in attack for Pool as they face Wolves at Bloomfield Road tonight.

And despite all the talk, Appleton has no worries about his players’ mind being elsewhere.

He said: “Tom will be playing tonight, don’t worry about that.

“He’ll continue to play for me as long as he’s a Blackpool player.

“He’s a down to earth, sensible young lad anyway.

“Obviously having someone like his dad, who’s been a footballer himself, helps.

“He’ll be fully focused this evening.