Report: Hull City to fight for Tom Ince as Derby County look to trigger buyout clause

Derby County have reportedly notified Hull City over their intention to trigger Tom Ince's buyout clause, which was agreed after signing on loan in February.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Derby County have notified Hull City they will look to sign Tom Ince on a permanent deal after giving the green light on a pre-arranged transfer fee agreed at the beginning of the England Under-21 midfielder's loan. 

The report states that while Hull can't do anything about the agreement in place, they will ask for the transfer money upfront rather than in installments. 

Steve Bruce is said to be keen to keep the player at the KC Stadium, following the form he showed for Derby last season, and will hope the club do everything in its power to put the East Midlands side off. However, given his form for the Rams, it's unlikely. 

The 23-year-old scored 11 goals in 24 games last season, including two on his debut, and won plaudits from the Derby fans for his endeavour, energy and ability. 

Who should Tom Ince play for next season - Derby or Hull? 

Last season, Bruce failed to get the best out of Ince and shoehorned him into a system that didn't suit his style before eventually dropping him. 

He then went to Nottingham Forest, who also failed to use his attacking threat to their advantage, before signing for Derby. 

After joining on the same day as Jesse Lingard, there were question marks over whether he would become a regular at the iPro Stadium. However, he was thrown into the starting line-up against Bolton Wanderers a few days after he signed. 

He played in a wide-attacking position and produced arguably the best individual performance of any Derby player from the most recent season, netting twice and was unfortunate not to get a third or fourth. 

If he signs for Derby, Paul Clement will be eager to pick up where McClaren left off and allow the player the freedom to have the impact he showed he could have last season. However, if he stays at Hull, Bruce will undoubtedly have to switch his system in order to get the most out of the former Liverpool player.  

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