The Football Transfer Tavern broke out into discussion today after Sky Sports reported that Thomas Ince has decided to remain at Championship side Blackpool instead of joining Premier League newcomers Cardiff City.
The former Liverpool man was given until yesterday to make a decision on the Welsh side’s offer after the two clubs agreed a package worth more than £8 million on Tuesday.
However the England Under-21 international has taken the option to remain with his father Paul who is also his manager at Blackpool for the time being at least.
Ince, who left Anfield in August 2011 to join the Tangerines as he seeked regular first-team football, was a long-term target for Reds manager Brendan Rodgers although it is thought that the interest concluded at the end of the January transfer window.
The Bluebirds have been left disappointed with the decision which was confirmed on their official website as they look to establish a team good enough to survive in the Premier League.
“We can confirm that Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince will not be joining the club,” read the club statement.
“Having agreed a fee with Blackpool FC towards the end of June and with the player and agent happy with personal terms offered, Blackpool manager and Thomas’ father Paul confirmed on Friday that, due to the recent birth of Thomas’ first child this week, the player didn’t want to leave his family or the Seasiders at this stage of his life.”