It’s not every day when one of the smaller clubs are able to stave off interest from top sides to sign a highly tipped youngster but Cardiff City are on the verge of doing just that.
The reigning Championship champions have had an £8 million bid for Tom Ince accepted by Blackpool and are set to begin talks with the winger later on this week.
Over the past year, Ince had been linked with a move to a host of top sides including Liverpool after showing scintillating form for Blackpool last year.
But none of the bigger Premier League sides have bid for the player in the transfer window and this could allow the Welsh side to secure the deal.
The bid has been confirmed by the player’s father and current manager Paul Ince who told The Sun that “Cardiff have come in for Tom and the chairman has now accepted their offer”
Tom Ince was one of the most in form players in England’s second tier last year scoring 18 goals in 44 appearances for Blackpool.
This form has also caught the eye of figures in the national set-up where the midfielder has become part of the England Under-21 set-up making 8 appearances for the side and was also part of the European U-21 Championhip squad a few weeks ago.
There is a lot expected of Tom Ince as the winger is being tipped to emulate the success of his father who became one of the most recognisable English footballers of the 1990’s.
His dad, who manages his son’s side Blackpool has admitted that it would be mixed blessings to see his son make a move to the Premier League. In Paul Ince’s interview with The Sun, he commented that “It’s a tricky one for me. You want your son to play in the Premier League — but also to be with you.”
It comes as Blackpool struggled in their quest to reach the playoffs with The Seasiders only finishing 15th in The Championship last season.
Meanwhile, Cardiff are looking forward to their first season in the Premier League and are looking to strengthen their squad to cope with the demands of playing at the highest level.
Having already signed Danish forward Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen, Cardiff are seemingly keen to bolster their attacking presence before the season starts.
With The Bluebirds set to sign one of England’s hottest young players, this summer’s transfer window could be one that is very much full of the unexpected.