Liverpool have struggled recently when it comes to competition for a players signature. In the summer it was widely believed they lost out to Southampton for Gaston Ramirez and they once again seem on the cusp of that exact same fate in relation to their attempts to sign Norwegian international centre-back Vegard Forren.
Now they are reportedly set to face another battle to sign a player who was seemingly on his way to Anfield just a month ago. Thomas Ince was reportedly heading for a return to Anfield in a deal worth £6million just 18 months after leaving the club for Blackpool. That deal has been stalled in recent weeks and it is now reported that Swansea City are apparently ready to rival Liverpool for his signature with a £7 million bid.
It would certainly be an excellent move for Swansea if they could pull it off but what would the connotations be for both clubs if Tom Ince did end up at Swansea?
What it would mean for Swansea City
Well at Swansea Tom Ince would be a certain hit. His positive style of play would certainly fit in with Michael Laudrup’s footballing philosophy. But it would also make the winger department at the Liberty Stadium an increasingly crowded section. With Wayne Routledge, Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer and new signing Roland Lamah all already in South Wales it would leave the Dane with perhaps one to many options to fill the wide berth. While some of those players have certainly dabbled with more central roles this season and in the past it would be more than likely to see one of them leave the club; with the most likely victim to be Nathan Dyer.
What it would mean for Liverpool
For Liverpool it would be something of a mini-disaster if they did miss out on Ince. At the moment it seems Suso; for all his talent cannot play week-in-week-out and sustain a high level of performance at his age while much has already been made of the overuse and potential burning out of Raheem Sterling. Stewart Downing has been playing but Rodgers is still keen to see the back of him due to his massive wages. With Fabio Borini back in the fold it does ease the burden slightly but it also means Daniel Sturridge may have to be used out wide; clearly not his favourite or best position.
Tom Ince is one of Liverpool’s main transfer targets and losing him to Swansea would be a mini-dilemma that would need to be solved by changing targets in the transfer market.
Where do you think Tom Ince will end up? Liverpool, Swansea or Blackpool?
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