England’s under-21s lost last night meaning an Tom Ince move could be on the cards sooner than expected. Ince stated that no move would be sorted until the European Championships were over, the 3-1 defeat to Norway last night means there’s only one remaining game against the hosts Israel on Tuesday.
It looks like the first bid for Ince could be from Crystal Palace who are said to be ready to table a £4 million bid.
A really good blog from Spurs site Captain Cartilage mentioned the Palace bid, originally reported by The Sun. It also reiterated the view that Tom Ince isn’t good enough for any of the top Premier League sides, or the Sky Six as they put it (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man Utd & City) and will end up at a smaller Premier League side.
Meanwhile back on the Fylde Coast Paul Ince stated the obvious about the training facilities. Understanding that a new training ground is far away, or out of the question. Ince is looking to make some smaller improvements to the current setup at squires gate. Talking to the Gazette .
“In the meantime, while we are at Squires Gate it’s important we make it as professional and homely as we can.
“That’s going to be our home from Monday to Friday each week. At the moment, for me it’s not very good.”
Which all sounds very much like Oyston is able to make some short-term fixes and then not commit to a date on a new training ground.
A couple of days ago Millwall announced that Steve Lomas would be taking up the position left by Kenny Jackett. The former West Ham midfielder had been managing north of the border with St. Johnstone.
A cluster of Championship clubs are interested in striker Sylan Ebanks-Blake. Middlesbrough, Leicester and Palace are interested in the striker who spend the end of the season with Wolves on the sideline with a broken leg.
Another Championship striker Kevin Davies who left Bolton is currently being linked with Sheffield Wednesday, but also to Sunderland. Ourselves, Wolves and Hull have also been linked with the one cap England forward.
One team in a similar situation to us (having no players) is Watford. The losing play-off finalists released 7 players last week, and with most of their squad having been made up of loan players they now have a squad of only 15.
Last week a change in the rules was put forward to restrict the number of international loan players to 5. This was after Watford’s squad was made up of 10 plus players from their sister clubs.
Included the 7 released players were midfielder Mark Yeates and Stephen McGinn. Contracts have been offered to five players who were out of contract. Almunia, Jonathan Bond, Fitz Hall, Lloyd Doyley and John Eustace.
Adding a further complexity to the situation is the club is still under a transfer embargo due to dodgy goings on under the last owners. Transfers will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis. All of which will make it difficult for the Hornets to be competitive from day one next season.