Tom Ince, the highly rated Blackpool winger and son of former Manchester United and Liverpool player Paul Ince, has reportedly joined Premier League side Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.
Daily Mail confirmed the move via Twitter:
BREAKING: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said they have completed deals for both Tom Ince and Joe Ledley— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 31, 2014
The 22-year-old started his career at Anfield, before joining Blackpool in 2011. This season he's scored seven goals and offered up six assists in 25 appearances for the Championship side.
Ince has represented England at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level and has been talked about as future full international—which would be following in his father's footsteps.
Should the deal go through, Ince will join Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace as they fight for Premier League survival, and his signing will undoubtedly spark excitement among the fan ranks at Selhurst Park.
Tom Ince joining Crystal Palace on loan completes a mightily impressive #DeadlineDay for Messrs Parish and Pulis.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2014
Tom Ince: Has scored 48.1% of Blackpool's Championship goals this season, the largest goal contribution of any midfielder in the league— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 31, 2014
Said Dann of the move:
Any professional footballer will tell you that they want to be in the Premier League. It's something I've done before and really enjoyed and having the opportunity to come and play here for the next couple of years, do well and help the team.
It's something I really wanted to do and I'm glad that it's all gone through.
Palace face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday—a daunting task that may provide Dann and Ince the chance to prove themselves and become instant Palace heroes with emphatic debuts.
Palace currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, boosted by successive 1-0 victories against Stoke and Hull. They remain only four points clear of the drop zone, however, and with Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United all to play in the coming weeks, the pressure is on to get results.
Could Ince be the young starlet to ignite their season?