Football - Royals on Ince trail

Reading are the latest club to enter the race for Blackpool winger Tom Ince.

PA Sport

The England Under-21 international is one of the hottest properties outside of the top flight and has been linked with Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham, and Royals boss Brian McDermott has confirmed his club have made an offer.

"We've made a bid and are waiting for Blackpool to come back to us," he said.

"He's a Blackpool player so it's difficult for me to talk about it but he's a good player with potential."

Ince's fellow wideman Matt Phillips continued to build match fitness with a run-out for the Seasiders' second string on Monday afternoon.

Phillips made his first start since suffering a toe injury in November when he played an hour of Saturday's npower Championship victory at Wolves and got further minutes under his belt at Squires Gate in a 4-0 in over a French academy side.

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