Everton bookies favourites over Swansea and Cardiff for £4m starlet

Everton are the bookies favourites to win the signature of Blackpool starlet Tom Ince, ahead of Welsh sides Swansea City and Cardiff City.

SkyBet have opened up a small market on the future of England U21 star Tom Ince, with Everton firm favourites for the player's signature.

The Toffees have been priced up at 7/4 to land the midfielder, although other interested Premier League sides, such as Cardiff City (7/2) and Swansea City (2/1) remain close behind.

The interest isn't just United Kingdom based and before the window opened Ajax were the strong favourites for the 21-year-old but are now seen as long-shots, having dropped to 25/1 to land the star. Surprisingly, big spenders Monaco have been given the same odds as Swansea to land the player at 2/1.

The interest in the winger from France has been apparent early on in the transfer window, but most would argue that joining Monaco would perhaps leave him in a similar situation he found himself in at Liverpool. Although the chance to play with stars, such as Falcao and Moutinho could be a big factor in his decision, if they did come calling.

As it stand the bookies believe a move to Goodison Park seems most likely, although it could be argued that the signing of Aiden McGeady does throw their reported interest into dispute and therefore leaving the door open to the two Welsh sides.

Swansea have been the most active side in the Tom Ince transfer saga this January and have reportedly talked to the player about a potential move. And Cardiff City's interest is well known, having had a bid accepted for the player in the summer, but only for him to turn them down.

All three Premier League sides interested can offer a potentially good move for the player, giving him a Premier League platform to finally prove his worth at the top level.

The future of the player still remains a mystery and he could still wait until the summer and see what offers are on the table for him then. 

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