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Inter Milan are ready to make a cut-price move for Blackpool’s Tom Ince in January, with the Italian club potentially looking at paying as little as £155,000 in compensation for the winger.

Cardiff had an £8m bid for Ince accepted in August, only for the player to reject the move, and Tottenham, Everton, Swansea and Newcastle have all been credited with an interest in the England Under-21 international. But it now seems that a club from abroad could win the race for Ince, with the 21-year-old able to negotiate a free transfer with an overseas club in January.Both Inter Milan, where Ince’s father Paul spent two seasons in the mid-nineties, and Ajax have expressed an interest in the former Liverpool youth player.

And if a deal is agreed Blackpool would only be entitled to £155,000 in compensation, in accordance with FIFA’s regulations about ‘cross-border’ free transfers for players of Ince’s age.

Liverpool are theoretically entitled to 35 per cent of any sell on fee when Ince leaves Blackpool, but that clause would not apply to compensation.

And that agreement means that Blackpool are reluctant to sell domestically for anything less than £5m despite the fact that Ince will only have six months left on his contract come January.

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston confirmed this week that Ince is out of contract in the summer, but also noted that the club would be entitled to compensation should he leave, saying: “He’s too young to go for free anyway.”

Ince has scored six times for Blackpool so far this season, after netting 18 times last term, and is thought to be ready to move on.

Source: Express


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