Reading have joined the race to sign Blackpool starlet Tom Ince according to various reports this morning.
The twenty year old has been strongly linked with former club Liverpool, where he graduated through their youth academy before joining Blackpool in the summer of 2011 to gain first team football.
He was in attendance at Boundary Park yesterday to watch his former club in their shock 3-2 loss to League 1 side Oldham, which has only fuelled further speculation that a deal to Liverpool is the most likely outcome before the transfer window closes on Thursday evening.
Though the Royals are interested in the starlet, who can operate on the flank or behind the striker, which is a position manager Brian McDermott is attempting to address this week.
An offer of £6.5 million has already been refubbed according to Reading Evening Post reporter Jonny Fordham, with the Premier League side currently sitting in 18th in the Premier League. If they were to shell out the £8 million asking price, it would smash their previous transfer record which was around £3 million for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.
Ince, who is a current England u21 International, has scored 21 goals in his time at the Tangerines, and those close to him suggest a move to Anfield is his desire, although his father, and former footballer Paul Ince, feels a move to one of England's top sides may not be beneficial at this time and feels a move for regular first team football in the Premier League is key, which puts Reading in a very strong position.
Either way, if Ince doesn't sign for the Royals, it looks to be an exciting end to the January Transfer Window according to Manager Brian McDermott: “We have a couple of things we are still trying to do. We might be the ones to do something at the last minute – it would be exciting to do that.”