Tottenham close on Gareth Bale replacement
Blackpool's £8m-rated winger Tom Ince is a target for Tottenham - should Gareth Bale join Real Madrid
Andre Villas-Boas has been an admirer of the Liverpool academy graduate for some time, and were reportedly close to signing Ince back in the January transfer window.
However, a move never materialised and the 21-year-old winger has continued to stand-out in the SkyBet Championship, with Blackpool having taken six points from their first two league games this season.
More recently, Ince snubbed a move to Premier League new-boys Cardiff City last month to stay with the Seasiders and his dad - Blackpool manager Paul Ince.
But a move to Tottenham is likely to be too good an opportunity to miss, and the England under-21 international is reportedly keen to test himself at the highest level - even though he wouldn't be guaranteed a starting berth with Spurs.
Liverpool have first refusal on their former trainee - a clause inserted into his contract when he left for Blackpool in 2011, though Brendan Rodgers is not interested in re-signing Ince, leaving Tottenham as the leading candidates for the player's signature.
With Spurs set to receive a world-record fee for Bale, a move for Ince is likely to appeal to chairman Daniel Levy as the prudent spender would have to pay just £8 million to secure Bale's replacement.