Blackpool winger Tom Ince should rebuff offers from Liverpool and Manchester United without the guarantee of first-team football, according to father Paul.

The England Under-21 international is understood to be on the brink of moving back to Anfield in the January transfer window having scored 13 goals in 24 Championship appearances this season.

Father Paul, who played for both Liverpool and United during his illustrious career, believes that while his son is ready for the demands of English football's top flight he shouldn't compromise his opportunities to sign for a big club.

Tom Ince
Ince has scored 13 Championship goals for Blackpool this season

"There's been a lot of press saying he's going to Liverpool. I've not at one time said he's going to Liverpool," Ince, 45, said.

"Thomas has at not one time said he wants to leave Blackpool Football Club. I just feel that he's ready for the Premiership, whether that means he's going to go in January or that means he's going to go at the end of the season or the season after, who knows?

"I think he's ready to go and play in the Premiership, but there's no point in Thomas going to a Premiership club and not playing football, because that will just stunt his development.

"Where he goes, he has to have the chance to be involved and getting game time.

"If you said Liverpool, or Man United or Barcelona, there's no point in him going to those clubs if he's not playing football. For me, he might as well stay at Blackpool and keep playing week in and week out."

Ince originally left The Reds in 2011 for Bloomfield Road where he helped the club to the Championship play-off final, scoring in defeat to West Ham United in May.

His impressive form has continued this season; despite The Tangerines' fall into the bottom half, a full six points off the play off places.

League leaders United have been sporadically linked with a move for Ince, but it's their rivals from down the M62 whose interest has continued to persist.

Brendan Rodgers has already added Daniel Sturridge to his artillery in the January window and appears keen to make a further attacking addition to take the weight off top scorer Luis Suarez.