Holloway can't stop winger joining United or Arsenal

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says he will be unable to prevent Thomas Ince leaving should Arsenal or Manchester United come calling, but would be proud to see the young winger join a club of such standing.

Ince has enjoyed a fine start to the new Championship season, and has already found the net on six occasions for the Tangerines - just two goals less than he managed all of last term.

The 20-year-old former Liverpool trainee is now being linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United reported to be pursuing his signature.

Holloway rates Ince very highly indeed and expects the England under-21 international will rise to the upper reaches of the Premier League, and says Ince is already better than Arsenal pair Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Seasiders boss, however, adds that any suitors will not be able to sign Ince for a cut-price deal, but says he will do all he can to help the attacker realise his dream.

"I can't keep anybody. I am working with them to get them to a Manchester United or Arsenal," Holloway told reporters.

"That's what I want to do for these boys. I have got to keep turning them out and that's how it is. If we are not successful this year, do I want to stand in his way? Probably not. But we deserve a fair amount of money for him."

Ince, son of former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince, may have the decision of his next destination taken out of his control, however, with his father keen to take charge of the situation.

Paul Ince says he will have the final say when it comes to his son's move away from Blackpool, with United and waiting in the wings.

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