Liverpool Transfer News: Reds in Trouble Without Tom Ince Deal

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2013

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12:  Tom Ince of England stands during the Under 21 European Championship Play Off between England U21 and Serbia U21 at Carrow Road on October 12, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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Trailing fourth-place Tottenham by seven points in the English Premier League table, things aren't getting any easier for Liverpool.

According to the Daily Mirror, Blackpool are no longer accepting calls regarding winger Tom Ince, whom the Reds have been targeting for quite some time.

It appears that Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is doing his best to hang onto his 20-year-old winger, who began his career with the Reds when he was 18.

The Mirror reports that Liverpool is looking to acquire Ince for £7 million, but now that Swansea is reportedly interested, a bidding war could ensue, which is most likely the reason Blackpool has suddenly changed their mind about selling their young star.

That, or the fact that Blackpool apparently values Ince at £8.5 million, according to the Mirror.

Ince has 13 goals in 25 English Championship League games for the Seasiders this season, and the Reds could use another goalscorer and playmaker alongside Luis Suárez.

Suárez has shouldered practically the entire offensive load for Liverpool this season, netting 16 goals while teammate Steven Gerrard ranks second on the team with just five.

With plenty of time left to make a run at the Champions League, the acquisition of Ince would instantly add another dimension of offense to the Reds, which they could use to keep up with the top clubs in the EPL standings.

But without Ince—or another attacker—things are looking pretty bleak for Liverpool.

With Arsenal and Manchester City coming up in the next two weeks, the Reds must address their offensive concerns before it's too late.


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