Ollie: Ince will not come cheap

  • Last Updated: September 9 2012, 10:22 BST

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has warned Premier League admirers they have no chance of snaring star player Tom Ince on the cheap.

Tom Ince: Catching the eye

Ince was let go by Liverpool last summer without a top-flight appearance to his name but has since flourished at Blackpool, hitting 16 goals in 29 games last season and four in five so far this term.

The Seasiders have already rebuffed a £4million bid from Newcastle for the 20-year-old and with further approaches expected in the January transfer window, Holloway has fired an early warning.

"I heard this week that my brilliant Blackpool youngster Tom Ince will be heading for the Premier League in January," the Blackpool boss wrote in his Sunday Mirror column.

"That might just happen if he maintains the incredible standards he has set in the first few weeks of the season ... but not for the £5m fee being quoted.

"I'm not going to say how much interested clubs will have to come up with if they are to prise one of my best players away. But I did note that Liverpool have just paid £15m to Swansea for Joe Allen.

"My chairman showed in the way he dismissed below-market-value bids for Matt Phillips this summer that Blackpool won't allow bigger clubs to take liberties with us.

"We've got money in the bank following our season in the Premier League and subsequent trip to the Championship play-off finals so we don't need to let our top performers leave on the cheap."