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Thomas Ince prepared to see out season at Blackpool as Liverpool argue over 6m fee

Ince prepared to be patient and see out season at Blackpool as Liverpool argue over 6m fee

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09:44 GMT, 20 December 2012

Thomas Ince is prepared to sit tight at Blackpool and run down his contract if the Championship club fail to agree a fee with Liverpool.

Ince, 20, believed the deal with Brendan Rodgers' side was almost done, but there is hitch over the price.

The England Under 21 winger's contract at Bloomfield Road is up at the end of the season and an FA tribunal would have to set the fee.

Man in the middle: Liverpool want to sign Blackpool winger Thomas Ince

Man in the middle: Liverpool want to sign Blackpool winger Thomas Ince

Blackpool want 6m for Ince, but Liverpool are offering substantially less for a player they released 18 months ago.

Liverpool still have a 30 per cent sell-on clause in Ince's contract, but the Blackpool wideman is determined to return to Anfield.

He has scored 13 times for Michael Appleton's side and has contributed 15 assists from his position on the wing.

Blackpool are already in dialogue with Liverpool about the January move, but it is being held up by the Tangerines' playing hardball.

Rodgers, who is short of attacking options because of Andy Carroll's loan move to West Ham and the long-term injury to Fabio Borini, needs the deal done in the transfer window.

Tom Ince catches the eye again as Manchester United ramp up interest in Blackpool ace

Ince catches eye again as Man United ramp up interest in Blackpool starlet

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09:21 GMT, 7 November 2012

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Blackpool’s highly-rated midfielder Tom Ince.

The 20-year-old enhanced his growing reputation by scoring in the 2-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Hot prospect: Blackpool's Tom Ince

Hot prospect: Blackpool's Tom Ince

Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered his scouts to keep tabs on the midfielder, who could follow in his dad Paul's footsteps and join the Old Trafford side.

The England Under 21 international has been a revelation at Blackpool since joining from Liverpool last year.

The 20-year-old was wanted by Swansea in the summer transfer window but opted to remain with the Tangerines

Ian Holloway heading towards Crystal Palace

Family ties edging Tangerines boss Holloway towards Palace

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22:38 GMT, 2 November 2012

Blackpool will struggle to hang on to Ian Holloway after it emerged that family commitments are driving him towards the vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Singled out by Palace as the man they wanted from the moment Dougie Freedman left to take over at Bolton, the Selhurst Park board finally made an official approach for the Blackpool manager on Thursday night, as revealed by Sportsmail.

Holloway met Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, and it is understood he outlined the emotional background to his wish to succeed Freedman.

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

His three daughters were all born
profoundly deaf and all now work in London, 240 miles away. Though he
has been fully committed to launching another promotion campaign at
Bloomfield Road, the chance to live and work close to Harriet and twins
Chloe and Eve is one he is keen to take.

Palace are aware of a 400,000
compensation clause in Holloway’s Blackpool contract and seem prepared
to pay it to make a swift appointment and minimise disruption, following
an encouraging start to their season.

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Burnley v Blackpool – match report

Burnley 1 Blackpool 0: Austin's early goal enough to see off Tangerines at Turf Moor

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18:36 GMT, 20 October 2012

Charlie Austin continued his hot goalscoring streak by hitting the winner in Terry Pashley's first game in temporary charge of Burnley.

Austin has now scored eight goals in the last five npower Championship games and it was enough to beat an under performing Blackpool side.

The Clarets had the first sight of goal after Junior Stanislas surged into the box early on, but Stephen Crainey blocked the shot.

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney

MATCH FACTS

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Stanislas (Paterson 75min), Stock (Bartley 69min), Austin (Vokes 86min)

Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Stewart

Goals: Austin 19

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, M Phillips (Bruna 80min), Osbourne, Angel, Ince (Dicko 79min), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Sylvestre 58min),

Subs not used: Halstead, Gomes, Eccleston

Attendance: 12,925

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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Stanislas turned provider after 10
minutes when the League's top scorer, Austin, sprung the offside trap to
get on to the pass.

He controlled and volleyed towards the far corner
but Matt Gilks palmed the ball to safety.

The hosts made their dominance pay
eight minutes later, when Ross Wallace produced a wonderful inswinging
cross from the right and Austin headed into the roof of the net from
close range.

Ian Holloway's men had lost three of
their previous four games and struggled to make any inroads with only a
wayward shot from Tom Ince to show for their first half efforts, and it
was Burnley who continued to threaten.

With three minutes of the first half
remaining Gilks was called upon again after Austin's neat flick played
in Stanislas – but the Blackpool goalkeeper stood firm to parry for a
corner.

Wallace almost capped a lively half with a goal in stoppage-time but could only find the sidenetting with his free-kick.

The Clarets picked up where they left off in the second half, with Gilks needed to save from Austin to keep the deficit at one.

It took almost 10 minutes for Blackpool to register their first attempt of the half and it was Ince who had the opening.

Slipped in on the right, he elected to shoot at the near post but only found the sidenetting.

For the first time, Lee Grant was called upon and he produced a remarkable double save on the hour mark.

First, Crainey crossed for Alex
Baptiste to power a header towards goal and Grant flung himself to the
right to tip the ball onto the post.

The rebound fell to Gary Taylor-Fletcher with the goal at his mercy but Grant sprung to his feet to parry the ball to safety.

Despite being under more pressure,
Burnley always posed a threat and Austin was once again at the heart of
it with 15 minutes remaining.

He got himself between the two
centre-backs and powered a header towards goal from a Kieran Trippier
cross – but Gilks was equal to it.

Substitute Sam Vokes almost grabbed a
second for the Clarets in injury-time. Gilks thwarted them again but
the one goal was enough.

DJ Campbell set for Blackpool

Campbell set for Blackpool reunion as Seasiders win race to land QPR striker

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09:59 GMT, 11 September 2012

Loan move: Campbell is set to rejoin Blackpool

Loan move: Campbell is set to rejoin Blackpool

Blackpool have been handed a boost in their bid to return back to the top flight after sealing a deal to sign former striker DJ Campbell.

Campbell moved to Queens Park Rangers for 1.2million last summer – but the striker made just two Barclays Premier League starts in a season plagued by injuries.

Campbell starred for the Seasiders on their promotion run in 2010, and according to The Mirror, a loan deal could be in place before Blackpool's npower Championship clash at Barnsley on Saturday.

A number of clubs were keen to land
the 30-year-old striker who netted 13 goals in Blackpool's only season
in the Premier League.

But the Tangerines won the race with Campbell keen to link up with Holloway once more.

Southampton closing in on Matt Phillips

Southampton closing in on deal for Blackpool winger Phillips

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05:48 GMT, 16 August 2012

Matt finish: Phillips is wanted by Southampton

Matt finish: Phillips is wanted by Southampton

Barclays Premier League newcomers Southampton are expected to step up their bid to land Matt Phillips.

Saints have already made a 6million bid for the 21-year-old Blackpool winger.

Phillips has impressed since joining the Tangerines from Wycombe two years ago, plundering 18 goals for the npower Championship side last season.

The Scotland international's form has
seen him linked with a move away from Bloomfield Road, with the south
coast club a potential destination.

The
move came just days after Blackpool boss Ian Holloway pledged to report
an unidentified club he claimed made an illegal approach for Phillips.

Some reports named Southampton as the team in question, forcing Adkins to deny such a move.

Angry: Adkins is disappointed with Blackpool's conduct

Angry: Adkins is disappointed with Blackpool's conduct

'It's
a shame that Blackpool have had to go and do things via the media in
the way that they have done,' he told the club's official website.

'I
don't think there is any hiding from the fact that Matt is a player
that we have been an admirer of for the past few years, and I think in
the last couple of weeks he has probably been identified as a target for
a number of teams in the Premier League.

'I know that from the chairman's point of view he has been in contact with the Blackpool chairman and that we have had a conversation with their chief executive, and I have spoken to Ian Holloway myself, so it's not as if there has not been an interest demonstrated from Southampton.

'As I have said, we like to think that we do everything properly, by the book and we will continue to do our matters privately and behind the scenes.

'Obviously this situation has now arisen and we will take action on that and respond in the appropriate manner.'

Thomas Ince pledges future to Blackpool

I'm staying! Ince pledges future to Blackpool despite play-off final agony

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12:45 GMT, 22 May 2012

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 22 May 2012

Thomas Ince has vowed to stay at Blackpool to help the Seasiders gain promotion next season after their Wembley heartache.

The young winger – the son of former Manchester United midfielder Paul – has attracted attention from the Barclays Premier League, just a year after moving to Bloomfield Road from Liverpool.

Ince scored the equaliser for Blackpool who enjoyed the better of the chances to win the Championship play-off with West Ham.

Tangerine dream: Ince is looking forward to the new season in the Championship

Tangerine dream: Ince is looking forward to the new season in the Championship

A late Ricardo Vaz Te winner sealed the Hammers' return to the flight, but Ince has vowed to remain with the Tangerines.

'Every player wants to play at the highest level and I want to play for my country too, right now my future is at Blackpool,' he told Sky Sports.

'I will have a nice rest in the summer and come back and get ready to go for the Championship again.'

Net result: Ince scored in the play-off final against West Ham

Net result: Ince scored in the play-off final against West Ham

Blackpool 1 Barnsley 1: Matt Phillips equaliser

Blackpool 1 Barnsley 1: Phillips to the rescue as 10-man Seasiders keep play-offs in sight

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16:29 GMT, 9 April 2012

Matt Phillips denied Barnsley a first away win since January as 10-man Blackpool kept their npower Championship play-off hopes alive with a draw at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders coped admirably after Keith Southern was dismissed early in the first half for a careless two-footed lunge on Stephen Foster, but failed to make the breakthrough their creativity merited before the interval.

Instead, it was David Perkins who registered his first goal for Barnsley in a smash-and-grab move shortly after half-time.

Vital: Matt Phillips celebrates scoring the equaliser

Vital: Matt Phillips celebrates scoring the equaliser

MATCH FACTS

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Harris, Dobbie (Sylvestre 88), Southern, Angel (Dicko 72), Matt Phillips, LuaLua (Ferguson 56), Ince.

Subs Not Used: Crainey, Ormerod.

Sent Off: Southern (21).

Goals: Matt Phillips 71.

Barnsley: Button, Wiseman, Edwards, Foster, McNulty, Collins, O'Brien, Tonge (Higginbotham 85), Perkins, Noble-Lazarus (Cotterill 76), Nouble (Davies 77).

Subs Not Used: Dawson, Gray.

Booked: Tonge, McNulty.

Goals: Perkins 47.

Attendance: 13,525

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

But Blackpool failed to lie down and the ever-threatening Phillips finished off a flowing move to keep the Lancashire club in fifth place.

Ian Holloway's men might even have nicked all three points if not for Ian Evatt's poor effort five minutes from time, but Barnsley held on to arrest a run of seven consecutive away defeats.

Michael Tonge tested Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal after four minutes, but it was to be the only opportunity Barnsley would enjoy in a one-sided first half.

Lomana LuaLua clipped into David Button's gloves before Phillips came closer with a volley that skimmed the crossbar.

The Scotland international, who scored a hat-trick at Oakwell on Boxing Day, drilled over the bar again before the Tangerines suffered an early setback.

Referee Andy D'Urso had a clear view as Southern scythed down Stephen Foster in the 21st minute, and promptly showed the midfielder his first red card in four years.

If the dismissal had rattled Holloway's men, they did not let it show as they produced two classy moves on either side of the half-hour mark.

First, Tom Ince's speculative lob beat Button but dipped wide of the far post, then, after being released by LuaLua, Phillips danced into the box only to be dispossessed by Foster.

He quickly pounced on the rebound only for Button to pull off a stunning fingertip save at his near post.

The Tykes were at a loss as half-time approached, and were perhaps lucky to see Stephen Dobbie's long-range drive sail high and wide.

And so it came as some surprise when Perkins nudged the visitors ahead just two minutes after the interval.

Reuben-Noble Lazarus picked out Jim O'Brien lurking in front of Gilks, only for Perkins to get the decisive touch as the Scottish winger's strike pinballed around the goalmouth.

Angel Martinez sought immediate redemption for the Tangerines but his swerving drive was parried by the solid Button.

The hosts were further disappointed when Ince followed up an impressive mazy run with a wayward drive that failed to trouble Button.

As Holloway exchanged words with some disgruntled fans behind the dug-out, the Tykes came close to extending their lead, Gilks blocking a snapshot from Tonge.

But the frustrated home faithful soon relaxed as Phillips grabbed an equaliser in the 71st minute.

The tricky winger converted the goal his earlier good work had merited as he collected Bob Harris' defence-splitting pass to slot comfortably past Button.

O'Brien and Jimmy McNulty went close as Keith Hill instructed his team to pour forward in search of an elusive away win, with even defender Scott Wiseman drawing a catch from Gilks in the final 10 minutes.

Button survived two late scares as a Phillips corner swung dangerously close to his goal, the on-loan Tottenham stopper punching clear, before Evatt spurned a golden chance to seal three points by inexplicably stabbing over the bar from six yards.

But Barnsley were able to ride out four minutes of injury time to secure a valuable point in their quest to secure second-tier football.

Reading 3 Blackpool 1: Royals stay second with win over play-off hopefuls

Reading 3 Blackpool 1: Royals stay second with win over play-off hopefuls

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18:33 GMT, 24 March 2012

Second-placed Reading moved four points clear of West Ham in the npower Championship with an impressive victory over play-off contenders Blackpool.

The hosts took the lead in the 30th minute when Ian Harte followed up after Jobi McAnuff struck the woodwork, and five minutes later the Royals doubled their advantage.

McAnuff was again the provider, chipping to the back post for Alex Pearce to head home.

On a roll: Reading won again to consolidate second place

On a roll: Reading won again to consolidate second place

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Hunt, Afobe (Church 69). Subs not used: Andersen, Tabb, Le Fondre, Robson-Kanu.

Scorers: Harte 30, Pearce 35, Leigertwood 60.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey, Sylvestre (Ince 64), Basham, Ferguson, Taylor-Fletcher (Dobbie 64), LuaLua (Matt Phillips 64), Kevin Phillips. Subs not used: Angel, Harris.

Booked: Baptiste.

Scorer: LuaLua 41.

Referee: Fred Graham.

Attendance: 20,906.

After losing for the first time in 10
matches at Peterborough in midweek, Reading were evidently in the mood
to get back to winning ways.

Lomana LuaLua pulled a goal back for
the visiting Tangerines just before the break with a stunning strike
from long range but after the interval Mikele Leigertwood nodded in
Reading's third.

Royals manager Brian McDermott handed
new loan signing Benik Afobe his debut up front in place of the injured
Jason Roberts while Hayden Mullins dropped out of the matchday squad,
with Shaun Cummings returning on the right of defence.

Craig Cathcart came back into the
Blackpool backline and Chris Basham, Ludovic Sylvestre and LuaLua were
all handed recalls as Ian Holloway made four changes.

Reading could have taken an early
lead when Jimmy Kebe's fizzing goalbound effort from 12 yards struck
Noel Hunt a yard out and rebounded to safety.

After spending the opening exchanges
firmly on the back foot, the away side steadily gained a foothold on
proceedings and only Jem Karacan's block prevented Gary
Taylor-Fletcher's effort from finding the back of the net.

But Reading always looked dangerous and took the lead after half an hour.

Leigertwood chested the ball into the
path of McAnuff, and after the Royals skipper struck both posts with
his attempt Harte was on hand to slot home.

Moments later the Royals were two goals to the good.

McAnuff's delicate cross to the back
post was met by Pearce and the centre-back sent a superb header back
over Gilks and into the far corner.

It seemed Reading were quickly
putting themselves out of sight, but Blackpool were handed a sensational
lifeline four minutes before half-time.

LuaLua collected possession 30 yards
from goal and in a fairly innocuous position, but the forward produced a
blistering finish to beat Adam Federici to his top left-hand corner.

After a quiet start to the second
period, Hunt blasted high and wide from Akobe's neat knock-down while
Federici had no problem dealing with Phillips' header at the other end
as both sides pushed for the all-important fourth goal of the game.

And in the end it was the home side
who re-established their two-goal cushion, with Leigertwood rising
unmarked in the area to head home Harte's free-kick on the hour mark.

Hunt came close to putting the game
to bed when he latched on to substitute Simon Church's flick-on, only to
drag his shot wide from the edge of the box but Reading had already
done enough to consolidate their place in the automatic promotion
places.