Thomas Ince: Cardiff City target to remain at Blackpool

Blackpool and England Under-21 winger Thomas Ince will not be joining Cardiff City, the Welsh club have confirmed.

The Seasiders accepted Cardiff's £8m offer for the 21-year-old, who became a father on Thursday.

He held talks with the newly promoted Premier League side on Monday, but will now be remaining at Bloomfield Road.

Cardiff confirmed in a statement  that the player did not "want to leave his family or the Seasiders at this stage of his life".

Ince's decision to stay will be a relief to his father and Blackpool manager, Paul.

The ex-England captain had said his son, who scored 18 goals in the Championship last season, would only leave for a club where he would play regularly.

Reading failed with an offer for Ince in January, and a possible move to Liverpool during the same transfer window came to nothing because of a disagreement over his value.

Meanwhile, Blackpool's Matt Phillips will miss the start of the campaign after breaking his arm in training and will undergo surgery at the weekend.

The Scotland international missed two months last term with a broken toe and no timescale has been put on his return.