If there’s one English youngster with a high chance of turning up at White Hart Lane this January it’s Blackpool talisman Tom Ince.
The son of Paul failed to make a name for himself during his last stint at a Premier League club – he received his footballing education at the Anfield academy, but never made a top flight start for Liverpool before joining Blackpool in summer 2011.
Since dropping down to the Championship however, the 21 year-old has truly excelled. Last term proved to be Ince’s breakthrough campaign, grabbing 18 goals in 44 appearances from the left flank.
The rich vein of form earned the tricky winger the Football League Young Player of the Year award, and a place in the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year.
And Ince looks set to meet that impressive goal haul again this year, with seven goals and six assists in 20 second tier outings, also averaging 2.8 shots, 2.1 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game.
A number of top flight clubs are now prepared to give the Blackpool wideman another shot at the big-time after his sensational output over the last 18 months, namely Spurs, Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle, but in the last few days Swansea have emerged as the Ince’s likeliest suitors.
With the England U21’s contract at Bloomfield Road set to expire at the season, a January ascention to the Premier League seems incredibly likely. Furthermore, the tabloids believe his contract status could see Ince leave for as little as £4million – a more than fair price for one of the most promising home-grown attacking talents in the country right now.