Transfer window: Thomas Ince set for Crystal Palace talks

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
Thomas Ince

Crystal Palace are working on a deal to sign Blackpool winger Tom Ince on loan until the end of the season.

The Eagles, who are four points from the relegation zone, have held talks with the 22-year-old and expect to finalise the transfer on Friday.

Palace are also hopeful of signing a goalkeeper and centre-back.

The centre-back could be Ivan Ramis, 29, if the Wigan player lowers his wage demands, while Palace have also been linked with Blackburn's Scott Dann, 26.

It is the potential signing of Ince, however, which will attract the most attention as the England Under-21 international has been courted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Hull and Sunderland.

On Thursday Swansea withdrew from negotiations to sign the forward, with a club spokesman saying the the Welsh side was going to "pursue other options".

Palace co-chairman Steve Parish told BT Sport: "Tom's just an amazing player and an impressive young man.

"He's bright, articulate and destined for the very top of the game. If we could get him at our football club, we would be very proud to have him."

Ince, who began his career at Liverpool, has been to discuss a loan move.

He has scored 33 goals in 113 matches for the Seasiders and was the subject of January interest from Liverpool last season, while he turned down a move to newly-promoted Cardiff in the summer for family reasons.

The winger has not featured in either of Blackpool's two matches since his father, Paul, was

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