News today that potential Newcastle target Tom Ince has declined the chance to join newly promoted Premier League club Cardiff City.
Tom Ince – turns down Cardiff City
Sky Sports are reporting the 21 year-old asked for some time to consider the move, after Cardiff had a rather high bid of £8M accepted by Blackpool, but the England U21 midfielder has decided to stay put at Bloomfield Road.
On the Cardiff City web-site today, this is what the Welsh club have posted:
“We can confirm that Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince will not be joining the club.” “Having agreed a fee with Blackpool FC towards the end of June and with the player and agent happy with personal terms offered.”
“The Blackpool manager and Thomas’ father Paul confirmed on Friday that, due to the recent birth of Thomas’ first child this week, the player didn’t want to leave his family or the Seasiders at this stage of his life.”
It’s going to be interesting if another club comes for the player, because Tom seems to have put himself into a bit of a corner.
What happens if a top club like Newcastle United for instance now agrees a fee with Blackpool for the player, would Tom turn down a move to Newcastle?
We don’t think so.
But of course he could always say Newcastle is a lot closer to Blackpool than Cardiff – and it is – it’s about 233 miles to Cardiff from Blackpool) and a short (very short) 150 miles to Newcastle.
OK so that’s what he says – and thanks to reader Ben Broad for that excellent reasoning – for how Tom can still join Newcastle.
But we don’t think Newcastle will pay the £8M transfer asked by Blackpool (have you heard that one before?), and the Seasiders may have to accept a smaller fee for the winger, although he may get better wages at Newcastle.
But of course that’s if Newcastle are really interested, although early last week Sky Sports reporter David Craig said that he thought Ince would end up at Newcastle, but we don’t know if that was based on some inside information he had – maybe not.
What do you think?
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