Blackpool's out of contract winger Thomas Ince is on the verge of completing an unlikely move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, according to the Telegraph.
In doing so will follow the journey his father Paul made when he moved to the Nerazzurri from Manchester United in the summer of 2005.
Ince, a former Liverpool trainee, has been recognised as one of the best talents outside the Premier League in the past few seasons scoring 31 goals in 100 league appearances for the Tangerines.
He has been repeatedly linked with moves to Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham and Swansea. Ince turned down an £8 million move to Cardiff City last summer.
Ince did make it to the Premier League last season when he secured a January loan move to Crystal Palace, turning down a move to French side Monaco, and was expected to follow that up with a permanent transfer.
However, the 22-year-old struggled to nail down a place in Tony Pulis’ resurgent Palace side, making just eight first team appearances. At the end of the season the Eagles manager confirmed he would not be signing Ince on a permanent deal.
The England under-21 international had been linked with a move to Greek side Olympiakos, but the latest reports are that Ince has been in Milan for the past few days to discuss a possible transfer to Inter. Ince said:
“This is fantastic for me. I’m not an Inter player yet. But I’m very happy to be here for two or three days in the meantime.
“Inter have a fantastic squad and Italy is a great country, where I have many fond memories.”
Inter finished fifth in Serie A last season and have seen their status as one of Europe’s top clubs (Inter won the Champions League in 2010) diminish under self-imposed financial austerity in recent years.
However, Inter’s president, Erick Thohir, is ambitious and wants to see the return of Inter to the pinnacle of Italian and European football. In Ince, Thohir presumably sees a player with the potential to help materialise that ambition.
If the move comes off it would not just provide a remarkable opportunity for Ince junior, but involve something of a human interst story as Thomas would look to emulate the achievements of his father, Paul, who became something of a cult hero at the San Siro in his two years at the club, during which the club reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1997.
While the deal would be something of a coup for Ince, for his former employers Blackpool there will no large windfall as once expected of the England under-21 international’s sale.
As the move would be an international transfer, the Championship club would receive less than £200,000 in compensation despite Ince’s age and their role in the player’s development.
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