Manchester United step up interest in England U21 starlet

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Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Blackpool starlet Thomas Ince as Nani edges closer to the door at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ince has wowed for the Seasiders this season and has hit seven league goals in 12 games already, including a strike in Blackpool's 4-1 win over Derby on Saturday.

United have been linked with a move for Ince, son of former Red Devils star Paul Ince, for some time now and Sir Alex Ferguson has been to run the rule over the talented youngster himself earlier this season.

While Blackpool are reluctant to sell and have fended off interest from Southampton and Swansea in the past, should Manchester United come calling, it would be hard for the Championship side to resist.

Ex-Blackpool boss Ian Holloway believes Ince has the potential to be even better than two current England internationals, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, and would easily fit in amongst the Premier League elite having left Liverpool as a youngster.

According to the Daily Mirror, a bid from Manchester United could hinge on whether Nani opts to stay with the club, something that is looking increasingly unlikely following reports that he had turned down a new deal at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese winger has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford and was a sub for the 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, while Juventus are rumoured to be interested in snapping up the 25-year-old.

The former Sporting Lisbon winger's future at Old Trafford was further thrown into doubt last week after Ferguson lashed out at his mistake which indirectly lead to Chelsea's late equaliser in their Capital One Cup 4th round clash, which the Blues went on to win in extra-time.


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