Cardiff City have revealed that Blackpool winger Tom Ince has rejected a move to the Bluebirds because he wants to remain close to his new-born child.
The England Under-21 international told the Premier League newcomers on Friday that he does not want to accept their contract offer.
Ince held talks with the Bluebirds earlier this week and had agreed the terms of a deal after Cardiff had met the £8 million release clause in his Blackpool agreement.
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As revealed by Goal, the Anfield academy graduate’s preferred destination would be a return to Merseyside.
Liverpool registered their interest in the attacking midfielder earlier this month but have not followed up with a formal bid,
Cardiff had demanded a decision from the 21-year-old on Friday but the player was unwilling to commit to Malky Mackay’s team.
He will remain working under his father Paul, the former England and Manchester United midfielder who is his manager at Bloomfield Road, in the hope that Liverpool will try to sign him, although he is also believed to be keen on a switch to Tottenham, who had targeted him earlier in the window.
The Merseysiders came close to signing Ince in January but could not agree a fee with Blackpool during what were understood to be "heated" negotiations with the Championship club, which were complicated by the 35 per cent sell-on clause in the deal that took Ince from Anfield to the Seasiders in August 2011.