Appleton: No new bid for Ince

22 December 2012 10:00:16 EST

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton has denied Liverpool have made an improved bid for highly-rated midfielder Tom Ince.

Brendan Rodgers is interested in Tom Ince.

Speaking after his team's 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Friday, Appleton was unmoved when asked if he was aware of a new offer from The Reds for the 20-year-old, who ironically left Anfield last summer having made just one first-team appearance.

"No, not that I'm aware of," said the former Portsmouth manager, who took the reins at Bloomfield Road earlier this season following Ian Holloway's departure to promotion chasing Crystal Palace.

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No, not that I'm aware of.

Michael Appleton

Ince was again in excellent form for a Blackpool side that slumped to their third home defeat of the season against the men from the Midlands, and Appleton said it was important that the youngster continued to concentrate on his football despite the continued speculation over his long-term future.

"It was important for him and he's got to show a strength of character now to suggest that, with everything going on, all he wants to do is play football and play well for Blackpool  Football Club."

Blackpool are rated as 1212/1 to be promoted to the Premier League this season, with Wolves 1212/1.

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