Pulis: We want Ince to stay at Crystal Palace

Bit-part role: Tom Ince in action during the defeat to Southampton

Bit-part role: Tom Ince in action during the defeat to Southampton

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Tony Pulis has revealed that Crystal Palace are keen to sign loanee Tom Ince on a permanent deal when the transfer window opens this summer.

Ince, on loan from Blackpool, has struggled to get into the Palace first team since joining in January but Pulis says the club are keen for him to stay.

The 21-year-old, who scored on his Eagles debut in Feburary, is attracting interest from a number of clubs but Pulis is hopeful he can sign the forward on a permanent basis.

“Once the season is done I would love to sit down and get something sorted with Tom because he is going to be a top, top player,” said Pulis.

“Tom has been absolutely fantastic but the unfortunate thing is that he plays in a position where both (Jason) Puncheon and (Yannick) Bolasie have been outstanding.

“It has been difficult for him but I think this is a part of his career that he will look back on and take a lot from it.

“It has not gone to plan in respect of him playing every game but with his attitude he is a credit to his parents and he has been fabulous.”

Ince could start for Palace on Wednesday evening when they face the daunting task of travelling to an Everton side looking for an eight straight win.

But Palace has won three in a row themselves and Pulis says he is making the trip believing his side are more than capable of getting a result.

“Roberto (Martinez) has done a fantastic job at Everton and they have improved without a question of a doubt so we know it will be a tough game,” added Pulis.

“But I don’t care about them because I’m more concerned about us and we have got to go up there and try and focus on getting something out of that game.

“Our focus is about what we are going to do to try and get a win up there.

“The only concern we have at this football club is getting over the line and achieving something that nobody dreamt we could to.”

Kagisho Dikgacoi, who was forced off with injury during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa, is a doubt from the game and Bolasie also faces a race to be fit.

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