Tottenham Hotspur are planning an £8million summer raid on Liverpool winger target Thomas Ince, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas made a late enquiry to sign the player in January, and after the Reds failed to secure his signature, will move again for the 21-year-old at the end of the season.
The report goes on to claim that Tottenham Hotspur have made several checks on the player in recent months, and have re-opened talks with the England U21 international’s agent over a move to north London.
Ince began his professional career at Liverpool in 2010 after two years with the club’s academy.
But, after making his Anfield debut in the League Cup defeat to Northampton Town, the youngster was unable to force his way into regular first team contention, and left to join Notts County on loan.
After a successful spell at Meadow Lane, a move to Blackpool followed in 2011, with the Tangerines forced to pay just £250,000 in compensation for the player.
Less than two years later, the paper reports that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is amongst ten Premier League managers on the trail of the Championship Young Player of the Year.
However, the £5.5million offer in the first month of 2013 was not enough to bring Ince to Merseyside, and that figure has now increased as Spurs sense an opportunity to bring the player to White Hart Lane.
And, were Ince to join Tottenham Hotspur, he’d work alongside fellow Young Lions Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend, Adam Smith and Danny Rose – although the later three are all currently away from the club on loan.