Manchester United 'transfer target' Tom Ince touted for England
Ian Holloway has compared Blackpool's wing-wizard Tom Ince to Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, suggesting the 20-year-old is good enough for England.
The son of former England midfielder Paul has been in fantastic form for the Tangerines this season, predictably leading to a buzz of transfer speculation.
Today it was reported by The Sun that he could be destined for Manchester United, with his father looking to push through a deal. It is claimed the former Liverpool youth player could move to Old Trafford as soon as January.
With the England under-21 player's contract expiring in the summer, speculation is only likely to increase, and the Premier League is somewhere his current manager believes Ince would be comfortable.
"At the moment he has just got into the England Under-21 set-up and rightly so," said the Bloomfield Road boss.
"He has been absolutely unplayable for us and has been outstanding in such a short period of time.
"I don't think the other two flying wingers [Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott] are any better than him.
"It is because they play for Arsenal. Incey has been creating and scoring. In other words, if Arsene Wenger bought him, he'd be good enough to start for England.
"Does that mean I don't know what I'm on about? Or we are not a big enough club to play for? It doesn't matter about that.
"I believe the boy will be a top, top player. He has everything, including the right temperament.
"I can see him donning any of those shirts [Arsenal and England] and becoming a star - it is only a matter of time."
Holloway believes Ince will only realise his England ambitions if he plays in the top-tier, a belief which if shared by the player suggests he will be moving up a division in the near future, whether Blackpool achieve promotion this season or not.
"You can count on one hand the number of Championship players who have played for England. He has only just got into the Under-21s," said Holloway.
"Lord knows what he could do with an England shirt on his back now. His end product is absolutely top, top drawer.
Latest in Sport
Daniel Sturridge injury: Alongside Luis Suarez, how the Liverpool SAS may FAIL to become the most lethal partnership in Premier League history
CM Punk's WWE future 'to be determined' according to leaked Monday Night Raw script
Liverpool: Four remaining fixtures - can they stay top of the Premier League table?
Diego Costa transfer to Chelsea impossible to stop, admits Diego Simeone
Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 match report: Gareth Bale scores wonder goal to claim Copa del Rey for Real
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for sale...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 Big Bang Theory to get special Star Wars episode with help from Lucasfilm
- 3 Babies cry at night to stop mothers procreating, scientists claim
- 4 Pharrell Williams 'Happy': British Muslims dance to song in video
- 5 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back