Tom Ince and Cardiff City can be a perfect match in the Premier League

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Tom Ince is said to be close to sealing a switch from Blackpool to Cardiff City, with previous advances of Liverpool said to be off the table.

It was not so long ago that Tom Ince was being linked with a switch to Manchester United. He then came close to returning to Liverpool, before talks between the clubs broke down.

Now he appears finally set to get his Premier League move, with SkySports reporting that Cardiff City have agreed a fee with Blackpool for a deal.

While a switch to a newly promoted club may not have the glamour of one of the usually regarded 'top teams' in the division, signing for Cardiff could just be the best move Ince could possibly make.

Cardiff are an ambitious side, one who will want to make the most of their entry into the Premier League, and will be desperate not to be seen as Welsh football's poor relation to Swansea, but to even better Michael Laudrup's side.

Cardiff won the Championship at a canter, and have money available to spend to improve their side for the rigours of their next test.

Signing Ince will be a bold statement from them, showing the league they are prepared to push on and compete in the transfer market for in-demand players as well as on the pitch.

Ince is just that, last season's Young Championship Player of the Year, providing more goals and assists for Blackpool than £15 million man Wilfried Zaha did for Crystal Palace.

An under-21 international, Cardiff can help Ince realise his ambitions of following his father into the senior squad by offering him a regular starting place and responsibility as key man rather than simply a squad player and 'one for the future' as he may have been at Liverpool.

Having taken a step back in order to play regular football by leaving Liverpool for Blackpool, joining a club where he would not be a regular starter would be the worst thing Ince could do, rushing himself and undoing his good work.

At Cardiff he will get greater opportunities to develop as a footballer, similar to how Scott Sinclair shone at Swansea before being reduced to a benchwarmer upon moving to Manchester City.

For Cardiff signing Ince is a positive sign for the future, an indication they are thinking long-term, rather than signing cast-offs or players in for a paycheck, like QPR did last season.

The deal is yet to be completed, but if it is it could just be one of the signings of the summer.

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