Reading aim to pinch Tom Ince from under Liverpool's noses


Reading are plotting to hijack Tom Ince’s move to Liverpool with a shock £8million bid, writes the Sunday People. Kop boss Brendan Rodgers and ­managing director Ian Ayre have been trying to land their former winger on the cheap. But it looks like they will now be forced to improve their offer as the Royals are ready to meet Blackpool’s asking price. Tangerines chairman Karl Oyston has ­become so annoyed with Liverpool’s chase that he has stopped taking calls.

Anfield chiefs were confident they could sign Ince – who reached 15 goals for the season with a double to tame Wolves yesterday – for as little as
£4.5m because they have a sell-on ­agreement in place. But news of the Reading approach means they will now have to go cap in hand to the Kop money men for more funds. Ince, 20, left Liverpool for Blackpool in 2011 for just £250,000.

His incredible rise since then has been a source of embarrassment for the Reds and Reading hope they can add to that by enticing him to Berkshire.
The Royals’ Russian owner Anton Zingarevich is not averse to spending money. He wanted to capture countryman Andrey Arshavin from Arsenal, but is now turning his ­attention to England Under-21 star Ince.

Source: Daily Mirror