Newcastle United are in the hunt for Blackpool’s exciting young winger Tom Ince, according to the Mirror.
Manager Alan Pardew has finally been given the green light to sign players after a slow start in the transfer window this summer, with the Magpies on the verge of signing striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon.
Now he wants Ince, but could face competition from Everton, while the 21-year-old recently turned down a move to Cardiff.
Pardew is lining up an 8 million move for the Blackpool and England U-21 international and, though that is understood to be more than the Magpies are willing to pay for the ex-Liverpool player, the fee is within their budget.
However, the North East club cannot afford the same sort of dalliance that has led to a relatively inert transfer window this summer, and Pardew must pull his finger out and persuade director of football Joe Kinnear to make a fast bid in order to avoid missing out on the midfielder to rivals.
New Everton manager Roberto Martinez is known to be a big fan of Ince, and tried to sign him for his former club Wigan Athletic last season.
And a move to Goodison Park could appeal to the starlet, as it is close to his home in Merseyside.
Ince is a graduate of Liverpool’s youth academy but made no appearances at senior level and was sold to Blackpool in 2011 after a brief loan spell at Notts County.
Since then, he has gone on to be named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for 2012/13 and won the Football League Young Player of the Year Award last season, after scoring 18 league goals.
Ince was on target yesterday in Blackpool’s Championship opener against Doncaster, scoring in the Seasider’s 3-1 win.
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