Former Crystal Palace and Liverpool starlet set for Serie A

Inter Milan

The Italian media are reporting that out-of-contract Tom Ince is set to complete a sensational move to Inter Milan.

The England under-21 star has been courted by Monaco and Crystal Palace - the club where he spent the second half of the season on loan - as well as his former club Liverpool, although it appears as if a rumoured move to Internazionale is set to be finalised in the next few days.

As the 22-year old's contract expires this summer, Inter can poach the winger for as little as £155,000 in compensation - a vastly smaller fee than that required if he were to move to another club in the English league system. Inter also can offer Ince the chance to follow in his fathers footsteps; Paul Ince appeared for the Nerazzurri between 1995 and 1997, leading them to the 1997 UEFA Cup Final.

Italian outlet Mediaset are reporting the deal, claiming that terms have been agreed between club and player following a series of meetings. Club president Erick Thohir has reportedly closed the deal, with €200,000 (£163,000) the confirmed compensation amount.

Despite not being ideal for Blackpool, who miss out on a higher fee with Ince's move abroad, officials at Bloomfield Road had resigned themselves to losing the 13-time capped under-21 international. The club are faced with a huge rebuilding process this summer, with Ince's departure coinciding with Barry Ferguson leaving his role as player-manager.

Ince featured eight times for Crystal Palace this season, having joined on loan from Championship side Blackpool in January. Although Eagles manager Tony Pulis expressed his delight at securing Ince's signature, the form of Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon stopped him from making the positive impact intended in Palace's incredible survival in the Premier League. Despite his lack of appearances, Ince did contribute one goal and one assist, having already scored seven times at Bloomfield Road during the first half of the season.

Nevertheless, Inter head coach Walter Mazzarri looks set to get his desired man, as Inter attempt to return to the pinnacle of Serie A.

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