Swansea City will renew their interest in Tom Ince when the transfer window reopens, but have no plans to enquire about Wilfried Zaha.
The Swans were one of several clubs to express an interest in Ince during the summer, but were reluctant to go anywhere near the £8million demanded by Blackpool. It looked for a short while as if their Welsh rivals Cardiff City would sign the England Under-21 international instead, until the youngster rejected the Premier League new-boys and opted to stay in Lancashire.
However, the 21-year-old is out of contract at Bloomfield Road at the end of the season, and it is understood the Seasiders may be prepared to lower their asking price for his signature. And this has led to the Liberty Stadium club renewing their interest in the former Liverpool starlet, with chairman Huw Jenkins confirming he remains plans to reopen talks with his counterpart.
“He is a very good young player and one we looked at in the summer,” he confirmed in the Daily Mail. “I would say it is likely that we will be talking to Blackpool again. I know their chairman, Karl Oyston, and when the time is right we will make contact and see what can be done.”
Ince has again been in good form for the Seasiders this season, with six goals and two assists to his name from 12 league appearances. If he runs his contract out, a rival English club could sign him in the summer for a compensation fee or, and this is what his current employers fear, he could join an overseas club who would be obliged to pay a much smaller amount. So selling him when the window reopens, no matter how reluctant they may be, could be their best option.
“Nothing is happening there.” – Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins on reported Zaha interest.
Meanwhile, Swansea have also been linked with another talented young forward, in the shape of Manchester United’s Zaha. The former Crystal Palace kid has yet to play in the Premier League for the Reds, who are believed to be prepared to let him leave on loan in January. But when asked of their reported interest, Jenkins added: “Nothing is happening there.”