Madejski Stadium boss steps up chase of Blackpool winger
Reading manager Brian McDermott has stepped up his chase of Blackpool winger Tom Ince after formally making an £8million offer for the youngster.
Liverpool have been negotiating to buy back 20-year-old Ince, who they sold to Blackpool for just £250,000 18 months ago, throughout the transfer window but have been put off by the £8million asking price, which was initially set at £6million.
But Reading have moved to the head of the race to sign the England under-21 international after making a formal offer to Blackpool of around £8million, which was confirmed by manager McDermott on Tuesday.
“We’ve made a bid, we’re waiting on Blackpool to come back to us on that one,” McDermott told Sky Sports News about Ince, who has scored 15 goals in 27 league appearances for Blackpool.
“He’s a Blackpool player so it’s difficult for me to talk about players that don’t belong to us. He’s got quality, he can play number 10 or out wide on either side, he loves his football and can score or create goals.
“He’s got a real hunger. He’s a good player with potential, I imagine there’s a lot of interest in him. But once again I have to say this is a player who doesn’t belong to us.”