The Sun is reporting that Newcastle United have gone back to one of our previous transfer targets of a few years back and they are reporting we want Derby County’s 24 year-old winger Tom Ince.
The transfer fee is supposed to be around £8M and that’s maybe high for somebody who has never really been a hit in the top flight.
Today there has been news that we have dropped interest in Fulham’s Tom Cairney, after a price of £20M was mentioned and in addition Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not available for loan with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanting to keep 20 year-old midfielder at Stamford Bridge.
Tom Ince – now at Derby County
Steve McClaren has returned to Derby County after his disastrous stewardship of Newcastle for eight months when he was almost totally responsible for getting us relegated.
Ince has always been on the fringes of being a (very) good player for soem time, but he has never been able to show his top form for any length of time and never in the top flight.
Since he moved to Derby County in early 2015 on loan and then signed permanently in the summer of 2015 he has played 88 times with 31 goals for Derby County and that’s a good record of goalscoring.
Tom Ince has already played for seven different clubs and started his career at Liverpool where his father Paul Ince also played in what was a sparkling career for the midfielder.
Tom had a really good spell playing for Blackpool for three seasons in the Championship from 2011 and in that time he scored 33 goals in 133 total appearances, but he has struggled in the Premier League and he did nothing for Hull City when he joined them in 2014.
So Tom is a decent enough player, but it seems only in the second flight and we doubt he can make the step up to the Premier League.
Of course Rafa Benitez may see something in him and be able to get the very best out of him if the manager is really interested in signing the 24 year-old winger.
What do you think?