With Liverpool target Mohamed Salah now a Chelsea player via a last-minute transfer hi-jack from the Blues, Brendan Rodgers has just a matter of days to source a like-for-like replacement to the Egyptian ace.
One potential solution is Blackpool’s talismanic attacker Tom Ince.
The son of Paul received his footballing education at the Anfield academy, but after failing to break into the Reds first team he dropped down to the Championship with the Seasiders in summer 2011.
Since transitioning to the English second tier however, the 21 year-old has proved to be a revelation. Last term he grabbed 18 goals in 44 appearances from the flanks, a rich vein of form that earned Ince the Football League Young Player of the Year award and a place in the PFA Championship team of the year.
This season, the England U21 has continued to impress, claiming seven goals and six assists in 22 Championship starts. Along the way, he’s averaged 2.7 shots, 2.1 key passes, 1.5 successful dribbles and 2.2 accurate crosses per match.
Back in the summer, Ince was linked with a Premier League switch to Cardiff, but declined the opportunity, citing the recent birth of his first child.
He’d undoubtedly be interested in locating back to Merseyside however, and with just six months left on his current Bloomfield Road contract, a move away before the end of the month is looking increasingly likely.
French big-spenders Monaco are reportedly prepared to sign the Junior Lion on a pre-contract this month, but it’s believed he’ll be available to English clubs for around £4million. Liverpool, Everton, Sunderland, Hull, Swansea and Spurs are said to be the more interested parties.
Recent reports this morning have suggested a potential loan-to-buy deal.