Tom Ince has returned from his visit to Europe, and he seems to have turned down the chance to play at Inter-Milan, where his father Paul played his football from 1995 through 1997.
Tom Ince – while on loan at Crystal Palace this year
The 22-year-old winger is out of contract at Blackpool, and he seems to tick all the boxes at Newcastle – he’s a free agent, he’s young, he’s skillful, and he scores goals from midfield.
Tom has decided now is not the time to play at a continental club, and instead he wants to join a Premier League club, and he had this to say yesterday:
“After lengthy discussions with my family I have decided that my immediate future in the game lies in the Premier League.”
“I am flattered to have received such strong interest from several big European clubs. But I believe at this early stage of my career I need to continue my football education in England.¨
“I would like to thank the clubs overseas for their interest and kindness. I still have ambitions to one day play in Europe. I am now looking forward to what lies ahead next season.”
Although Tim is a free agent – a club signing him will need to pay a compensation fee for the home-grown player who is still under 23, and that could be set by a tribunal if no agreement is reached.
Newcastle have been reported to be interested in the player for a while now, and he has a decent goal-scoring record at Blackpool, where he played 113 games and scored 33 goals, and at 22 – he has time to improve on Tyneside – if Newcastle signed him.
The PL clubs said to be interested in the player are Hull, Swansea, Stoke and Sunderland, as well as Newcastle.
Tom could probably cost around £4M, but that would seem like a decent deal for Newcastle United, and as we said – he certainly ticks all the boxes.
What do you think?