Blackpool boss Michael Appleton has revealed that Liverpool have not made a second bid for highly-rated winger Thomas Ince.

The England U21 international has been earning rave reviews in the Npower Championship, with the Tangerines confirming on Thursday that the Reds had tabled an initial offer for the player.

However, the bid fell short of the club’s valuation for the player, and Appleton confirmed after yesterday’s (Friday) 2-1 loss to Wolves that another bid was yet to be received.

"No, not that I'm aware of," said the manager when questioned on an increased offer, according to Sky Sports.

"It was important for him (to play well) and he's got to show a strength of character now to suggest that, with everything going on, all he wants to do is play football and play well for Blackpool Football Club."

The 20-year-old has already played for Liverpool of course, signing on as a youth team player in 2008 and earning a place in the first-team squad two years later.

However, Ince only made one appearance for the Anfield outfit in the League Cup, and after a loan spell at Notts County, signed on at Bloomfield Road in the summer of 2011.

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appears to want the player back on Merseyside though, and will have a clearer picture of how much is needed to snap-up Ince after the initial knock-back.

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