French giants Monaco look as though they have won the race to sign England Under-21 winger Tom Ince from Blackpool, after holding talks in London on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.
Blackpool boss Paul Ince drove his son to the Capital to hold talks with Monaco representatives, who want to sign the winger on a pre-contract deal that would see him move to France at the end of the season.
There was reported confusion over the whereabouts of Ince Snr, who pulled out of a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Barnsley. He was also believed to be due to meet club chairman Karl Oysten to discuss possible transfer targets.
Instead of talking to the press, he responded to Monaco’s request to meet son Tom, who is free to discuss a move with foreign clubs as he is out of contract in the summer.
Oysten has stood by his manager so far, but Monaco’s move to sign the clubs top scorer this season is likely to test their relationship.
Ince has been attracting interest from clubs at home and abroad, with Ajax and Inter Milan chasing the former Liverpool prospect, whilst Swansea and Tottenham are attempting to bring him to the Premier League.
However mega-rich Monaco have moved into poll position to complete the deal by outlining their ambition to challenge Paris St Germain for the Ligue 1 title.