After paper talk yesterday regarding Tom Ince and a possible move to Cardiff, the midfielder was interviewed by the national press as part of the build up to tonight’s England under-21s game against Norway. Ince, who missed out on the first game due to a one match suspension reiterated that no decisions would be made until the tournament was over.
“I have had a big two years of football that’s brought me to where I am now – it’s got me a place in the Under-21 team, it’s got the media talking about me, which is flattering. But it’s about making the right move at the right time. There’s no point in going somewhere and stopping your development. I’m going to sit down after the Euros – touch wood we will get to the final and even win the thing – and club football will be what I speak to dad about. If I stay at Blackpool, then great. But if it’s time to move on, I’ll move on.“
It’s clear to me that he’ll only move to a club where he can play games. Liverpool are said to be interested, but would he be able to play on a regular basis? If not, I don’t think he’ll move. However if Swansea, Fulham or Newcastle make an offer it could be a move he’ll take. If that move isn’t on now he’ll wait to January.
Ince should hopefully start in tonight’s game which kicks off at 5pm and is on Sky Sports 2.
Meanwhile in the Championship, Reading picked up Wayne Bridge from Manchester City. Daryl Murphy joined Ipswich, who’ve already signed Jay Tabb and David McGoldrick.
The BBC published a nice list of all the players released from Premier League Clubs, some of them will have been snapped up already, some may retire.
Chelsea: Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Archange Nkumu, Ross Turnbull
Everton: Johan Hammar, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sam Kelly, Jan Mucha, Phil Neville
Fulham: Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Mahamadou Diarra, Thomas Donegan, Corey Gameiro, Georgios Karagkounis, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Alex Smith, Csaba Somogyi
Liverpool: Tyrell Belford, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Stephens, Dan Wilson
Manchester City: Wayne Bridge, Filippo Mancini, Ryan McGivern, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure
Manchester United: Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Paul Scholes, Gyliano Van Velzen, Freddie Veseli
Newcastle: Steve Harper, Yven Moyo, Danny Simpson
Reading: Nick Bignall, Simon Church, Ian Harte, Noel Hunt, Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Alex Pearce, Nicky Shorey, Jay Tabb, Joshua Webb, Brett Williams
Swansea: Mark Gower
Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Barthram, David Bentley, John Bostock, William Gallas, Jack Munns, Jake Nicholson
West Bromwich Albion: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Zoltan Gera, Gonzalo Jara, Romaine Sawyers, Jerome Thomas
West Ham: Cole Carlton, Jake Larkins, Gary O’Neil, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati, Eoin Wearen.
Wigan: Peter Aylmer, Albert Crusat, Franco Di Santo, David Jones, Adrian Lopez, Jonathan Lynch, Callum Morris, Filip Orsula, Ronnie Stam, Joshua Sumner, Ryan Watson.
From that long list I’ve picked my best 11. Bit of a mixed bunch really!
- GK Steve Harper
- LB Ian Harte
- RF Danny Simpson
- CB Kolo Toure
- CB Chris Baird
- LW Zoltan Gera
- CM Gary O’Neil
- CM Yossi Benayoun
- RW Florent Malouda
- FW Cole Carlton
- FW Roque Santa Cruz