Liverpool have made a late move to sign Thomas Ince, according to reports.

The Daily Star claims Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the 21-year-old to Merseyside, having pursued the highly-rated winger during the summer.

However, he faces strong competition for the England youth international’s signature, with Swansea City, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Hull City also chasing the youngster.

Ince, who is out of contract at the end of the season, had been given permission to speak to an unnamed Premier League club by Blackpool – thought to be the Swans.

"Blackpool Football Club 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,” read a statement on their website.

Liverpool already know all about Ince, having brought him to the club as a youth team player back in 2008.

He never made a Premier League appearance for the Reds, but did appear for the club as a substitute in the League Cup two years later.

With first team opportunities scarce, he left Anfield on loan and then permanently, but Liverpool are now looking to bring the England U21 international back to the club.

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