I don't think waiting till the summer is nescesarily an option. I was watching the footballers football show (best programme on tele, even better the galapagus!) last night and they had Paulo Souza, Paul Ince and Kevin Phillips on the show. There was about 20 mins about Tom Ince where the general impression was LFC made a bid, it wasn't accepted, they haven't come back but other clubs have. Paul made it clear he thinks it would be silly to move and not play games.
The most interesting segment was when it went to commercials, before the cut off, Paul was getting a bit flustered saying "I dont know why everyone thinks it's Liverpool, it's not Liverpool!".
To be honest, I think the answer is buy the lad and loan him back till the summer, send them Flanagan, Pacheco and Suso with wages paid and he can take Downings place in the squad next season.