Royals have bid accepted for ex-Red.
Premier League strugglers Reading are confident that they will beat Liverpool to the £6.5 million signature of highly-rated Blackpool midfield player Tom Ince, reports the Daily Mail.
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And manager Brian McDermott feels that if the club do land the England Under-21 international in the January transfer window, it will prove just how far the cub have come in recent times.
“Possibly [we can’t compete] financially but I think we can compete as far as what we can offer. It has to feel right for the players, myself and our club. I definitely feel we can compete because we have a good environment for players to develop.
“That has proven over a number of years. A lot of younger players want to come to us because they get that opportunity to develop and do well.
“Yes that’s a good point if you consider where we were and where we are now. We do develop players and we’ve done that over a long period of time. It’s testament to what we’ve done in the past 10-12 years.
“It would be decent money for this club. Thomas Ince has got a very big future in the game. He scores goals, he makes goals, he’s got good feet, he can go left, he can go right. He’s got a great attitude.”
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