Following the news that Thomas Ince rejected a potential move to Cardiff City, questions will be raised about when the talented midfielder will look to make that step up into the Premier League.
It was confirmed in a statement through Cardiff City that Ince didn't want to leave Blackpool at this time for family reasons. Cardiff had an £8m bid accepted for the youngster but another potential move for the player has fallen through. Ince recently became a father and is keen to remain in Blackpool due to this.
Back in January Ince was close to a move to Anfield but it's believed that Blackpool and Liverpool failed to agree a fee, which saw a potential move scuppered on deadline day.
It had been widely expected that Ince would seek the step up this season, but by rejecting Cardiff to stay in Blackpool, questions will be raised as to whether he will indeed move on this summer or spend the season at Blackpool.
Interest in the 20-year-old is believed to be intense, with teams such as Everton, Tottenham and Crystal Palace said to be monitoring the player, but with this rejecting they may be forced to look out for new targets.
It seemed like the perfect time for Ince to move up into the Premier League following a fine season with Blackpool, where he got his name on the scoresheet on 18 occasions from 44 starts. A rapid improvement on the previous season where he notched up six goals from 33 starts.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Ince in the coming few months, and whether he will be able to potentially resist more advances.
As it stands, Ince is expected to sign for Liverpool before the window slams shut in September, while Everton could yet enter the race.
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