Report: Derby lead Championship clubs in loan bid for Hull winger Tom Ince

Tom Ince

Derby is said to be Tom Ince's likeliest destination should Hull manager Steve Bruce opt to send the youngster out for another Championship loan spell.

Derby County are the favourites among a host of Championship clubs to land Hull City winger Tom Ince on loan, according to Sky Sports.

Ince, 22, opted to join Hull over Italian giants Inter Milan in the summer after his Blackpool contract expired, with a £2.3 million compensate package later agreed between the two sides.

The England Under-21 international has since struggled to find first-team opportunities at the KC Stadium, however, making just six Premier League appearances for a total of 277 minutes, and spent two months on loan at Nottingham Forest during the first half of the season.

He could now be set to return to the second-tier for another short-term spell, with the Rams said to be his likeliest destination over Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic, although Hull boss Steve Bruce is still to make a final decision on whether to allow him to leave.

Derby head coach Steve McClaren has been looking for cover out wide after seeing Liverpool loanee Jordan Ibe return to Anfield last week, as well as Johnny Russell ruled out for up to six weeks with a pulled hamstring, and Ince’s past Championship track record suggests he could be a more than solid replacement.

First joining Blackpool from childhood club Liverpool in 2011, the promising attacker received widespread plaudits after netting 18 league goals in 44 games during the 2012-13 season, and potential suitors will hope to help him replicate that form in the event of a successful bid.

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