Tottenham Hotspur have stolen a march on Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign exciting young England prospect Thomas Ince.

According to the Daily Star, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is preparing a contingency plan for the departure of star man Gareth Bale after the White Hart Lane club missed out on Champions League qualification on Sunday.

However, Tottenham are hoping that Bale will decide to stay on and pen a new contract, yet may still move for the 21-year-old.

Liverpool have long been linked with a move to bring Ince back to Anfield after being let go by them to join current club Blackpool in 2011.

Son of former Liverpool star Paul Ince, Thomas moved up through the ranks on Merseyside but never made a Premier League appearance.

Ince has been building one a reputation as one of the Championship’s most exciting young wingers and continues to excel now under the management of his father at the Seasiders.

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