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Soccer Rumors: Sinclair to Manchester City, Swansea Wants Ince

The transfer of Adam Johnson from Manchester City appears to have begun a chain reaction for left-wings which involves Swansea City. Swansea’s Scott Sinclair appears set to to move to Manchester City and the club has made two offers to Blackpool for Tom Ince to replace Sinclair.

Johnson moved to Sunderland on a $15-million transfer last week. Manchester City has sought a replacement in Sinclair and has reportedly offered about $10 million, which English media reports said City has accepted. City officials have stated they hope to have matters cleared before Friday’s close of the transfer window.

In anticipation of Sinclair’s likely departure, Swansea has made an offer to Championship side Blackpool of about $6.5 million for Ince after having a smaller offer rejected. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, however, said he wants to keep the son of former England captain Paul Ince to the point of telling the media, “It’s a total waste of time.”

Sinclair scored the final goal in Swansea’s opening 5-0 win over Queens Park Rangers but was not in the Saturday’s lineup when the Swans defeated West Ham United. Sinclair helped Swansea gain promotion to the Premier League in 2010-11 when he tallied 19 goals. He had eight goals last season.

The 20-year-old Ince, who arrived at Blackpool from Liverpool at the beginning of last season, has helped Blackpool open the season with three victories. He scored twice in its opening win over Millwall and had two more goals Saturday in a 6-0 rout of Ipswich Town. Ince is in the second year of a two-year contract, which has an option for a third season next year. He refused to sign a new contract during the summer.

According to Holloway, Ince’s father informed him of Tom’s desire to stay at Blackpool, a request Holloway says he wants to fulfill. He told the Blackpool Gazette that Swansea could offer “a zillion million pounds if they want,” but he would advise Blackpool officials not to accept any offer.