Appleton coy amid Liverpool and United’s transfer interest

Tom Ince looks certain to leave Blackpool in January but manager Michael Appleton remained silent on whether they had received any bids for their star winger, the Daily Mail report.

Appleton confirmed that the Seasiders are in talks with several clubs regarding the sale of the England under-21 international, rated at £7 million, with Liverpool and Manchester United heavily linked.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants Ince, who left Anfield for just £250,000 18 months ago, to form part of a new strike force with Chelsea attacker Daniel Sturridge, who is also on his New Year shopping list.

Rodgers is prepared to pay £6 million to prise him away from Bloomfield Road but will face stiff competition for his signature from Premier League leaders United, who are also monitoring his progress.

The 20-year-old has been in scintillating form this season bagging 13 goals for Blackpool as they battle for a spot in the Championship play-off places and a return to the top-flight just two seasons after relegation

At least one other unnamed club are hoping to sign Ince but Appleton, who replaced Ian Holloway in the dugout at the start of last month, insists that talks with the interested parties have yet to reach an advanced stage.

“There have been no bids as far as I’m aware,” Appleton told Sky Sports.

“I think there have been conversations with a couple of clubs and the chairman, but nothing concrete.

“No-one has come in yet and set the marker in terms of price.”

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