Tom Ince turned down Liverpool loan for Crystal Palace

Jamie Dunn
Tom Ince turned down Liverpool loan for Crystal Palace

Tom Ince turned down the chance to return to Liverpool on loan in January in favor of a move to Crystal Palace, according to his father, Paul.


The Blackpool forward was granted a loan move to a Premier League club until the end of the season by the Championship side and was the subject of interest from a number of teams, including Swansea City and Stoke City.

The Anfield club was also keen on temporarily re-signing its former youth product, but the 22-year-old's father believes a move to a lower-placed Premier League side will be better for his son's development.

"Liverpool were in but I don't think Thomas is ready to go to Liverpool yet," Ince senior told talkSPORT. "Brendan [Rodgers] has done very well there and he does play the kids but for his progression as a footballer it needed to be a Stoke, a Swansea, a Palace or a Hull City at this point.

"Maybe in two or three years' time that might be a move for him."

Crystal Palace sits 17th in the Premier League table, a point above West Ham, with Ince in line to make his debut against West Brom at Selhurst Park on Feb. 8.