Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Must Move Quickly to Sign Thomas Ince

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 4, 2013

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15 :   Blackpool's Thomas Ince slots the ball past Barnsley's Ben Alnwick to equalise during the npower Championship match between Barnsley and Blackpool at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Tim Keeton/Getty Images)
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Liverpool may be in the market to continue their January spending with the potential signing of Thomas Ince from Championship side Blackpool. According to The Mirror, Ince is working desperately to get finalize a move to join the Reds. Liverpool need to act quickly and get Ince signed before he plays in the FA Cup for Blackpool. 

After signing striker Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers announced on the club website that they could possibly add another player in the January window: 

"We are not going to have a lot of money to do anything [else] in the window. We won't have that in January. There might be another but there is not much more business to be done."

That should rule out a number of rumors that have the club spending a high fee to bring in a big-name player. While moves for Wesley Sneijder and David Villa have credited a stir, a move for Ince makes much more sense for the Reds. 

Sneijder is likely to be available for cheap given his desperate attempts to flee Inter Milan, but his wage demands would presumably be too high for the current structure at the club. Villa's age at 31 years would seemingly make him too old for the club. 

Ince possesses a mix of talent, youth and potential that would not only add to the current squad this year, but give Liverpool a talented piece that can be built into the team for years to come. 

Ince's addition to the side would give Liverpool multiple options up front with a combination of Luis Suarez and Sturridge. Ince has 10 assists so for Blackpool and is more than capable of being a playmaker for the other two up front. 

The deal needs to happen as soon as possible as Blackpool takes on Fulham tomorrow. Should Ince play in the game, he would be cup-tied to Blackpool and wouldn't be able to play for Liverpool later in the competition.  

At this point, it seems highly unlikely that a deal will go through in time, but with somewhat of a deadline approaching, something may in fact get done. Ince's desperation should encourage Liverpool to make the move happen. 

Should a quick move fail and Ince play for Blackpool against Fulham, Liverpool should still make the move given their other options in the transfer window. Ince would help in Premier League play and help the already streaking Reds make a stronger push toward the top of the table.