Juventus and Napoli have entered the race to sign Tottenham target Tom Ince, according to the Daily Star.
21-year-old Ince, who joined current club Blackpool from Premier League outfit Liverpool in August 2011, has been widely linked with a move away from the Championship after massively impressing for the Tangerines.
The tricky winger was believed to be close to completing a switch to newly-promoted Cardiff City during the summer, but eventually decided to remain at Bloomfield Road under the tutelage of manager Paul Ince, who is also his father.
Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham, who made a raft of new signings during the summer in order to compensate for the considerable loss of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, are known to be long-term admirers of the England U21 international and reports this week have suggested that the North London side are confident of completing a £4 million deal for his services when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.
According to the Daily Star, however, Villas-Boas, who reportedly made a late attempt to sign Ince prior to the close of the summer window, is set to face stiff competition from two of Serie A's most-prestigious teams.
Indeed, they also point out that Juve and Napoli's status as foreign parties means they could secure Ince for a far lower fee of just £335,000.
With the player's contract set to expire next summer, FIFA rules would allow the former Notts County man to move to a club outside of these shores for a reduced compensation fee.