Tom Ince says it’s nice when other clubs show an interest in you in the January transfer window, with Newcastle being heavily linked with the Derby County star but manager Steve McClaren adamant he is going nowhere this month.
If Newcastle do get promoted this season it could be that Rafa could go after Ince in the summer, although we will have a lot more targets if we do get back to the Premier League in May.
Tom Ince – Newcastle transfer target
It’s reported that Newcastle want former winger Andros Townsend on loan through the end of the season, with an option to buy – and if that happens we would have two right wingers on loan – Cristian Atsu and Andros.
It’s unlikely we would sign both of them.
But maybe Tom Ince is Rafa’s real target – it’s possible if unlikely.
Here’s what Tom has said today in the Derby Telegraph:
“I’ve never been someone who thinks about that or gets too involved in it.”
“It’s obviously nice to see other teams show interest, because it shows what you’re doing on the pitch is good.”
“That’s good, not because other teams want to look at me, but because I’m performing for my team, I’m performing for Derby County.”
Rafa Benitez’s new priority in this transfer window are a central midfielder and a winger, so take your choice for winger between Townsend and Ince.
We know that Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace is willing to let Andros move this month, but the same is not true with Ince and McClaren at Derby.
As for central midfielder, Newcastle have been linked with James McCarthy of Everton, who would be one terrific signing for us this month.
There are 11 days left in this transfer window – here’s still hoping we can two good players through the door.