Liverpool could face competition from Champions League hopefuls Tottenham in the race to sign Blackpool’s highly rated winger, Thomas Ince.
Liverpool had hoped to sign back their former trainee in the summer with no complications but according to the Daily Star, Tottenham could scupper the reunion.
They have been tracking the 21-year-old’s progress since his January move to Anfield fell through. He has been in fine form and was named Championship Young Player of the Season.
Tottenham could be in Champions League
Ince had previously stated that it would be fantastic to move to a top club like Liverpool. However, Tottenham are no minnows themselves and are more likely to be able to offer the youngster the chance to play in the Champions League next season.
Ince said: ““My dream is to play at the top level and to achieve my ambitions.” If Tottenham make it into the Champions League it could give them the edge.
However, Ince has emotional ties with Liverpool as he spent three years in the youth academy. His dad, Paul, also played for the club.
Blackpool want a fair price
Ince sr. – who is also Thomas’ manager at Blackpool – would be happy to see his son take the next step in his promising career. However, he would also want to make sure Blackpool get a fair price. Yesterday Liverpool were reported to expecting to pay a fee of around £4m.
However, the Star reports that Tottenham could force Liverpool into a bidding war and are willing to go closer to £8m to land their man.
The North Londoners have a fine recent history of nurturing young talent from the lower leagues and turning them into stars.
Both clubs offer compelling opportunities
Ince can look at Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and of course Gareth Bale as examples of players who were plucked from Championship teams and went on to represent their countries while playing for Spurs.
On the other hand, Ince might see more opportunity to help a team grow at Anfield than at White Hart Lane. With the Premier League’s big three so wealthy, Tottenham will find it very difficult to get past them.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are a work in progress with plenty of room for improvement. It might appeal to Ince to be part of an era of players that help the club force its way back into the big time.
Either way, it seems there are exciting times ahead for the youngster and his next move is likely to be a defining moment in his career.