Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Need to Secure Deal with Tom Ince to Find Success

Justin OnslowContributor IIJanuary 5, 2013

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Thomas Ince of Blackpool moves away from Frank Nouble of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the npower Championship match between Blackpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road on December 21, 2012 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Now may be the time for Liverpool to make an even bigger splash in the midseason transfer period.

According to Andy Hunter of The Guardian, Liverpool still hopes to sign Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince, who had a stint with the Reds in 2010.

Ince has scored 13 goals with Blackpool this season, and he could provide Liverpool with another strong scoring presence to go along with the addition of Daniel Sturridge.

Manger Brendan Rodgers has expressed interest in adding another goal scorer, as quoted by Mirror Football’s David Maddock:

There is no doubt we will get reinforcements in and we will get the backing and support from the owners. We want to bring in goals and we want to bring in players who can assist in scoring goals.

Now it seems Ince too is hoping to provide reinforcements for the Reds. Ince is pushing for a move to Liverpool, and while talks have stalled at times, Ince hopes to make the move in time to avoid eligibility for the FA Cup.

Given the issues of affordability for clubs looking to add talent during the January transfer period, Ince offers an excellent option for Liverpool. The Reds reportedly offered £5 million to Ince, and could push even harder if need be (via Mirror Football).

Finding the right fit will ultimately be the most important task for Rodgers should Liverpool add Ince, but more options are exactly what they need. Rodgers is after scoring threats, and finding some combination with Sturridge (and potentially Ince) on the roster is a good problem to have.

With Ince pushing to play for Liverpool, the ball is in Rodgers’ court. According to an ESPN report, Rodgers may not have much hope in still bringing Ince into the fold:

We are not going to have a lot of money to do anything [else] in the window. We won't have that in January. There might be another, but there is not much more business to be done.

Hopefully for Liverpool, the possibility of “another” is still out there for Ince. Given Rodgers’ financial concerns after already adding Sturridge to the roster, Ince may have to come at a very affordable price for Liverpool to make the move.

If Ince is truly interested in playing for the Reds again, his salary demands should be trivial. Liverpool needs another scorer still, and if Rodgers hopes to finish his plans for roster moves, Ince may be his best option.

The Reds need to make a second-half push. Ince provides them with the best opportunity to do so, especially after already adding Sturridge to the fold.