England starlet reportedly no longer set for Inter; Monaco interested

Blackpool's Tom Ince has reportedly turned down a move to Inter Milan, with Monaco now favourites to secure the England under-21 international.

The Blackpool winger is out of contract this summer, and Inter Milan president Erick Thohir confirmed that a deal to bring the winger to the San Siro was all but completed. However, the Nerazzurri may now miss out on signing the talented winger, as principality club Monaco have made a late offer to secure his services.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan believed the free transfer had been completed for sometime, but now fear that Monaco can offer the player a better contract, moving them into prime position to secure his signature.

Despite Ince's apparent willingness to complete a move to Italy - suggested by an agreement of terms between club and player - a move to big-spending Monaco allows the winger to express himself on the biggest stage - the UEFA Champions League.

Not only will he be playing in a high-class tournament, he will be playing alongside high-class players; Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and Eric Abidal all turn out at Stade Loius II. Having teammates of such quality will only further develop Ince's career as he looks to break into the England national team, whilst aiding Les Rouges et Blancs to success in Ligue 1.

Ince featured eight times for Crystal Palace in the Premier League in 2014, having joined on loan from Championship side Blackpool in January. Despite struggling to make an impact - as the form of Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie limited playing opportunities - boss Tony Pulis expressed his admiration at the player, suggesting that he would attempt to sign him at the end of the season.

However, interest from the Eagles appears to have died down, with a move to the Premier League looking increasingly less likely as the Milan transfer saga rumbles on.

A move to either Ligue 1 or Serie A will be a big step up for a player who has only seriously impressed in the second tier of English football. Nevertheless, a move to Europe could be what kick-starts the youngster's career.

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