With most clubs starting their pre-season training this week, it seems that the transfer market is heating up a bit, and news late yesterday that Cardiff City have bid £8M for Blackpool winger Tom Ince, and that offer has been accepted by Blackpool.
Tom Ince – reported fee of £8M agreed by Cardiff
Since Ince may only be worth around £5M it’s not surprising that Blackpool have accepted the bid, which they call massive, but that could mean that Newcastle are out of the running for the 21 year old son of the former Manchester United great.
Newcastle like to go the other way, and bid less than the club’s asking price, and Mike Ashley will not over pay for players,. we’ve found that out over the last six years.
Tom’s father Paul had this to say about the Cardiff City offer:
“Cardiff have come in massively for Thomas, the Chairman, Karl Oyston has accepted the offer,” “I’m not sure what the offer is because I’ve been away but it’s been accepted.”
“So it’s a case of when he comes back next week, Thomas, we’ll sit down and see what he wants to do.”
Tom used to play at Liverpool and it was thought his former club would come after their him, and it’s not clear at all whether Ince wants to move to the newly promoted Cardiff City.
His father continued:
“He loves it here. He said to me, ‘I’m in no rush to get to the Premier League, I’m in no rush to leave Blackpool’.”
“I think it’s 50-50 at the moment. It’s a tricky one for me because obviously you want your son to be playing in the Premier League, but you obviously want your son to be playing with you.”
“As far as improvement is concerned there’s still a long way for Thomas to go and will he get that if he went to the Premier League? I’m not too sure.”
“I know what he needs because he’s grown up with me. Another year wouldn’t hurt him at Blackpool.”
It seems that Ince was hoping a bigger club than Cardiff City would be coming in for him, and maybe Newcastle will still make a move, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle will pay the £8M price agreed by Blackpool with Cardiff City.
What do you think?
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