Liverpool and Tottenham target could be available for £155k!

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A long-term target of both Liverpool and Spurs could leave next summer for well below his market value.

This summer Liverpool and Tottenham were both linked with moves for Blackpool winger Tom Ince. He was also close to joining Cardiff but decided against the move.

In the London Evening Standard, it was reported just a few weeks ago that Tottenham were planning on making a fresh approach for Ince with a £4m bid in January. Liverpool are also interested in signing the player who was on their books just a couple of years ago. However Ince has attracted interest from foreign clubs too, and it is these clubs who would be able to take advantage of his contract situation.

Tom Ince's contract with Blackpool runs out in the summer, and the 21-year old doesn't look like he'll be renewing it. If he were to join a Premier League club in the summer then the Seasiders would be due a lot of compensation due to his age. However if he joined a foreign club in the summer then Blackpool would only receive £155,000 for Paul Ince's son. FIFA regulations state that when a cross-border transfer takes place for a player of Ince's age, then the compensation will be of that value.

Liverpool and Spurs could still look to try and sign Ince in January, but Blackpool would likely be holding out for a decent fee for the player. It could remain the Championship side's best option though, to cash in on him in January rather than see him leave for a modest fee at the end of the season. They would still like to see him remain at the club for the long-term future and chairman Karl Oyston has said that they will try and persuade him to stay with an improved contract offer.

Paul Ince famously played for Inter Milan, and the Italian giants are apparently monitoring Tom's situation. A move to Italy would garner a lot more attention for the pacey England Under-21 international, but he would be hard to refuse. As well as Inter; Juventus, Napoli and Ajax are said to be interested in the winger. If they could secure him for a modest fee of £155,000 then it is definitely worth a gamble. Even if the move didn't work out, his resale value would still be significantly higher.

January will certainly be an interesting time for Blackpool and Tom Ince. Who will make the first move? Premier League clubs will have to bid the right amount to tempt Oyston and then to convince Ince it would be the right move for him. One thing is for sure, Tom Ince will certainly have a lot of options available to him.

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