Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign highly rated Liverpool target Thomas Ince from Blackpool, according to Tuesday’s Mirror newspaper.
Ince, who left Anfield for the Bloomfield Road in 2011, has been on Brendan Rodgers’ radar for some time, with many expecting the England Under-21 international to re-sign with the Reds this summer.
However, it’s suggested Andre Villas-Boas is keep to capture the signing of Paul Ince’s son for £6.5million, a move that would potentially net the Reds around £2.5million due to a sell-on clause in Ince’s contract.
The Mirror report:
Liverpool tried to take Ince back to Anfield in the last window but could not agree a price, but Spurs hope they can come up with an offer that hard-bargaining Blackpool chief Karl Oyston cannot refuse.
Liverpool lost out to Spurs over two players last summer, with Icelandic international Gylfi Siguurdsson choosing North London over Merseyside, as well as American international Clint Dempsey.
However, Spurs are not yet guarenteed Champions League next season, a lure which could prove pivotal in their ability to attract top players this summer.
Ince was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year on Monday, having scored 18 goals and made 14 assists this season for the Seasiders.