Blackpool’s Ince joins the Eagles on-loan until the end of the season.
Despite being touted by Cardiff City, Liverpool, Stoke City and Swansea City, Blackpool winger Tom Ince has decided to join Crystal Palace on-loan.
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The 22-year-old has seemingly been doing a tour of the Premier League this week after also heading to both Stoke and Swansea to hold talks.
Ince’s contract with the Tangerines expires in the summer and the club have allowed the England under-21 international to speak to other clubs.
It was thought that after missing out on Mohamed Salah to Chelsea at the 11th hour, the Reds would make a move for the player that they sold in 2011.
Ince was a product of the youth system at Anfield and after being given limited opportunities moved to Blackpool – and was understandably reluctant to therefore make a return to Merseyside.
The other four sides interested all wanted to land the youngster to help them avoid relegation and it is a great coup for Palace to secure the Englishman.
The Eagles have a strong tradition of blooding young wingers at Selhurst Park, with Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha and Blues ace Victor Moses both rising through the ranks in south London.
Since Tony Pulis took over at the club from Ian Holloway they have been on something of a revival and moved out of the bottom three on Tuesday after beating Hull City 1-0.
Ince’s arrival will only boost morale at a side already high on confidence and he will now compete with the likes of Yala Bolasie and Jason Puncheon for a place in the starting XI.