England U21 ace snubbed Liverpool interest on deadline day

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Liverpool were keen on re-signing Thomas Ince in January but his father Paul Ince has confirmed they believed Crystal Palace was the right move for him.

Ince came through the academy ranks at Anfield before moving to Blackpool, where he flourished.

He was managed by Paul Ince until he left the Championship club earlier this season, which prompted speculation his son could depart Bloomfield Road in January.

He did just that, joining Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace but Ince confirmed there was interest from Liverpool.

"Liverpool were in but I don't think Thomas is ready to go to Liverpool yet," Ince said to Sky Sports.

"Brendan [Rodgers] has done very well there and he does play the kids but for his progression as a footballer it needed to be a Stoke, a Swansea, a Palace or a Hull at this point.

"Maybe in two or three years' time that might be a move for him."

The 22-year-old was in demand for much of the January window, but Palace won the race for his signature. Ince Junior was one of five signings for the south London club as they look to stave off relegation in their first season back in the top flight.

Despite Liverpool's reported interest in Ince, the Anfield club seemed to be focussing much of their attention on Ukrainian international Yevhen Konoplyanka as the deadline approached.

The Dnipro star eventually stayed put, although Liverpool are expected to return with another offer in the summer.

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