Inter to use Ince as bait for Genoa star?

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It is being suggested in Italy that Inter may immediately send Tom Ince out on loan to Genoa in order to secure the services of Sime Vrsaljko.

Inter appear to be closing in on the signature of England Under-21 star Tom Ince, but he could find his first taste of Italian football comes at Genoa.

Ince has run down his contract at Blackpool and will be available for next to nothing, making him an attractive proposition to several clubs.

But Inter seem to be the most likely option for Ince, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Paul, who wore the Nerazzurri jersey in the 1990s.

Paul Ince is still fondly remembered by Inter fans and the club's former president Massimo Moratti has spoken of his excitement that Tom might join.

However, it is possible that Ince agreeing a contract with Inter won't lead to him being integrated into the first-team squad.

The latest reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that Inter are considering immediately sending Ince out on loan to fellow Serie A side Genoa if they can complete the deal.

The purpose of that would be to convince Genoa to give up Croatian right-back Sime Vrsaljko, who is becoming hot property in Italy.

Whether Ince would be aware of that plan prior to putting pen to paper isn't clear, but it may not make much difference for the young talent.

Ince would be likely to enjoy considerable game time at Genoa and the deal may even work out better than being part of a larger Inter squad where competition for places will be intense.

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