Tom Ince's debut season at Hull City may not have gone as well as the youngster will have hoped, but the promise of first team football ahead of the imminent Championship season from Steve Bruce may be enough to persuade him to stay in East Yorkshire, despite paramount interest from Derby County and Newcastle United.
Sources from Sky Sports News are reporting that Tigers officials held talks with Newcastle and Derby on Wednesday morning - those negotiations expected to continue into Thursday.
Championship suits Ince
You don't need to be a football analyst to understand that Ince is better suited to the Championship as opposed to the Premier League.
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Albeit, the 23-year-old may not have had much time to paint a picture in the top flight, featuring merely seven times, but in as many Championship games, he had scored a handful of goals.
Bruce has still got a lot to owe young Ince, most importantly a season jam-packed with starting XI positions. That has been promised to him by the gaffer, but with new Rams coach Paul Clement on his knees begging for the winger, after a successful few months at the iPro Stadium last season, it's a hard deal to walk away from.
That said the 23-year-old must show his manager what he is made of as his talents hid behind the rocks last season with the Tigers. In the Championship, one would expect Ince to score between twenty and thirty goals, following on from the eleven scored with Derby in the 2014/15 campaign.
Cardiff star rumoured to fill midfield void
After the emotional exit of Stephen Quinn on Tuesday to Reading, the role of a reliable and hard-working midfielder is expected to be soon accommodated. Cardiff City veteran, Peter Whittingham, is currently in the limelight to move to East Yorkshire.
His free-kick expertise and overall quality elsewhere around the field would be warmly welcomed by Tigers' fans as a fitting replacement for Quinn.
The hot transfer target getting Hull fans excited
Another of Bruce's transfer targets getting Hull fans excited is that of Brentford forward, Andre Gray, whose 16 goals last season aided Brentford in reaching the play-offs.
Tigers trio, Dame N'Doye, Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez are all heading for the exit doors at the KC Stadium and so their replacements need to be found in good time.
It's a difficult task finding a forward who is established in the Championship, so with the opportunity to sign the 24-year-old staring Bruce straight in the face, why waste the opportunity now when there are teams for the likes of Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers circling?
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