Blackpool boss Appleton tells Liverpool to up their offer for Tom Ince

The 20-year-old was subject to a bid from his former employers a fortnight ago but the Seasiders manager has made clear that they need to improve their pay package

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton has warned Liverpool that they must improve their offer for Tom Ince if they wish to sign the highly-rated winger.

The 20-year-old has been in fine form for the Championship side this season, scoring 13 goals in 24 games, prompting interest from the club he left 18 months ago. exclusively revealed on Saturday that Liverpool are close to reaching an agreement with Blackpool over a fee for the winger, and Appleton has called on the Reds to up their offer if they wish to land the England Under-21 international.

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"They [Liverpool] made an offer two weeks or so ago, we haven’t received anything else since," Appleton told reporters.

"It’s not enough, it’ll need to be better to secure the service of Tom and until that changes he’ll stay here.

"Why would any manager want to sell and get rid of his best players? I’d love to keep Tom.

"We need reinforcements big time and bring in four or five new faces in by the end of January, I’ve asked a 39-year-old to play 90mins today and I can’t keep doing that.

"Everyone has got a price but we want to keep our best players and add to them and have a right go in the league."