LIVERPOOL are being frustrated in their attempts to wrap up a deal for Blackpool’s Tom Ince.
Boss Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the 20-year-old winger back to Anfield this month but talks between the clubs have reached an impasse.
The Reds, who have a 35% sell-on clause following Ince’s departure to the Seasiders in August 2011, value him at £6million.
As a result they submitted a cash offer of £4million before Christmas, but that was rejected by the Championship outfit, who are holding out for an extra £2million.
Liverpool won’t go that high but remain hopeful that a compromise can be reached before the end of the month.
Ince, who has entered the final 18 months of his contract at Blackpool, has his heart set on a return to Anfield.
With no bidding war for his services and the player keen to move on, Liverpool hope that Blackpool’s stance will soften and negotiations will resume over the coming weeks.
However, it appears increasingly likely that it will drag on towards the end of the January transfer window.
Ince’s only senior appearance during his first spell at Liverpool came against Northampton Town in the League Cup in September 2010.
A spell on loan at Notts County followed and frustrated at his lack of opportunities Ince rejected Liverpool’s offer of a new contract.
He left to join Blackpool with the Reds pocketing a development fee of just £250,000. Ince (inset) has proved a huge hit at Bloomfield Road – playing a key role in their progress to last season’s play-off final and he has netted 13 goals in 26 appearances so far this season.