Tottenham join race for £8m ace

Thomas InceTottenham plan to beat Liverpool to the punch in signing £8m-rated ace, Thomas Ince, the Daily Star reports.

Spurs, who showed interest in the Blackpool star in January, have renewed talks with Ince’s agents and hope to bring him to the club in the summer.

The Tangerines winger was primed to return to the Reds during January’s transfer window, but the deal fell through when Liverpool were not prepared to pay the £6m fee.

The forward, who was named Championship’s Young Player of the Year at the weekend’s Football League Awards, has 18 goals and 11 assists this season.  And it is thought that in total, ten Premier League teams are pursuing the star.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side hope that their success of realising the potential of Championship players, like Gareth Bale, will draw the interest of Ince, so they can sign the England Under-21s star from under the noses of Liverpool.

Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers has maintained that he would not give up on the ace, but, as reported by the Mirror, Ince was never confident about a return to Merseyside.

“There was something about Liverpool coming in for me in January- and to go to a top club like that would have been fantastic- but I have to realise it’s about playing football and I don’t think any of the moves were close,” explained Ince.

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