Why did Inter owner meet with former Man United and Liverpool man? - report

President Erick Thohir has reportedly met with ex-Inter man Paul Ince - about bringing son Tom to San Siro.

Inter have been shopping around in England as they gear up for another rebuilding year next season.

New owner Erick Thohir has already secured the services of Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, but seems intent on adding more Premier League veterans to his squad.

The Indonesian magnate has admitted to interest in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, whilst John Obi Mikel has also been linked with the Nerazzurri.

But Thohir promised a youth revolution at San Siro after taking over for the outgoing Massimo Moratti in October - and in turn his transfer dealings so far have been questioned.

He seems to have taken notice, however, and moved to fulfill his promise.

According to Tuttosport, Thohir met with former England captain Paul Ince on Wednesday to discuss a possible move to Serie A for his son, Tom Ince.

The elder Ince was one of Moratti’s first purchases as Inter owner - from Manchester United in the summer of 1995 - and was a popular figure in Milan before returning to England with Liverpool two years later.

Tom Ince is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, his contract with parent club Blackpool set to expire in June - leaving his future in the balance.

And so Thohir appears keen to harken back to the start of the Moratti era, with a youngster linked to the club through his father.

Still, it’s not clear how involved talks of an Italian adventure for Ince’s son were.

The report in Tuttosport reads: “Thohir wanted to understand the situation at this point and if the boy will be useful to the Inter project.”

A move to Inter for Tom Ince would certainly be an unexpected twist in his career, though with his father’s blessing seems possible.

Monaco are also thought to be interested in the 22-year-old, so the Nerazzurri may have competition on their hands.

But Inter could hold the trump card - if the club hierarchy decide that Ince could have a bright future at San Siro.

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