United target 'as good as Walcott & Oxlade-Chamberlain'

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Manchester United transfer target Thomas Ince is a future England star, according to his manager Ian Holloway.

And the Blackpool boss thinks his young winger is as good, if not better, than Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly considering a bid for the 20-year-old Championship midfielder when the transfer window opens in January.

Ince has been sensational so far this season, prompting speculation he could be on his way out of Bloomfield Road, and Holloway thinks his star playmaker is as good as Arsene Wenger's duo at Arsenal.

"He has been absolutely unplayable for us and has been outstanding in such a short period of time," Holloway said in the Daily Star.

"I don't think the other two flying wingers [Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott] are any better than him.

"It is because they play for Arsenal. Incey has been creating and scoring. In other words, if Arsene Wenger bought him, he'd be good enough to start for England."

The young winger is tipped for an England place by his Blackpool boss, and already has caps for Stuart Pearce's under 21's squad.

The 20-year-old was a product of the Liverpool youth academy, but was sold to Blackpool after a hugely successful loan spell in England's second tier.

But after a bright end to last season - Ince played and scored as Blackpool lost the playoff final to West Ham - and a sensational start to this campaign, Manchester United look set to bring him back to the Premier League.

Like Arsenal duo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ince could make his name in the lower leagues, before making the step-up to the top flight.

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