Tom Ince Reportedly Picks Swansea over Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Hull, Stoke

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

Everton's Tony Hibbert, left, vies for the ball against Blackpool's Thomas Ince during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
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Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 29

Thomas Ince is allowing himself time to speak to a number of clubs before settling on his next destination, despite initial reports that he would join Swansea.

Ben Smith of BBC Sport reports the latest:


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Sky Sports reports that Ince is set to join Michael Laudrup's Swansea City, amid huge interest for the services of the player. 

However, Sky sources also state Swansea will have to fight off another four Premier League clubs before securing his signature after Crystal Palace, Hull, Stoke and Sunderland declared their interest in the attacking midfielder.

Blackpool released a press statement, per Sky Sports, saying:

Following discussions with Thomas Ince and his representative, permission has been given for Thomas to discuss a loan move to a Premier League club. Thomas has expressed his ambition to play in the Premier League for the remainder of the season, a decision that the club fully understands and supports.

The Mail Online confirms it is Swansea who Ince will be talking to:

The hugely admired Ince has seven goals and five assists for Blackpool during this season's campaign, per ESPN FC.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Tom Ince of England jumps Lukas Lidakevicius of Lithuania during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifying Group One match between England U21 and Lithuania U21  at Portman Road on October 15, 2013 in Ipswich, Eng
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He has been tipped as an England international of the future and is now prepared to take the leap to top-flight football.

Ince is a perfect fit for Swansea. The South Wales club are looking to revive their recent fortunes and climb the table.

The injury to Michu has restricted Laudrup this season, with his team unable to fully repeat last year's fantastic performances, which culminated in a trip to Wembley and a historic League Cup final victory against Bradford City.  

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 01: Wilfried Bony celebrates scoring his 2nd to make it 3-0 with Michu during the UEFA Europa League third round qualifying first leg match between Swansea City and Malmo at the Liberty Stadium on August 1, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.
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Ince will help provide the ammunition that players like Wilfried Bony are crying out for. With Swansea being a side that have previously thrived on creativity, Ince should find a suitable home at his new club.

Swansea have shown that it will not take much to fire their engines once again, as their great display at Old Trafford proved, knocking out Premier League champions Manchester United from this season's FA Cup. 

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 11:  Scott Sinclair of Swansea City takes a penalty kick which is saved by Joe Hart of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Swa
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Ince is very much in the mould of Scott Sinclair, who made his name at the Liberty Stadium. Since his departure, Sinclair has not hit the same heights, struggling to find his feet at new club Manchester City. 

Ince can do for Swansea what Sinclair previous managed.

If he can match the form that Sinclair once had, he could see his time at his new club as a quick springboard to even bigger things, once this loan spell ends.