Stoke City could be set to swoop for England Under 21 international Tom Ince should his proposed move to Inter Milan fail to materialise.
Stoke appear to have accepted that Ince will play his football next season at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza if his heart is set on a move to the team his father Paul represented in the 1990s, however should the move fall through for whatever reason, Ince will be provided an opportunity to play in the Premier League again.
“The interest Inter have shown in me is flattering.
“It’s a tough decision for me, and I’ve got a lot of thinking to do. But the biggest thing for me is to play regularly. I feel there’s uncertainty about the Premier League but I’ve certainly got unfinished business with then.
“I don’t think supporters have seen yet what I can achieve up in that top fight.”
While the allure of Inter Milan traditionally outweighs that of Stoke, Ince will consider the Premier League a stage he has aspirations to succeed on in his career, and may not want to turn down the chance while it is on the table. The chance to represent one of Italy’s biggest clubs is also something that may not always be an option for Tom however.
Premier League football would also be easier for Tom to adapt to, having already spent half a season on loan at Crystal Palace, despite not fulfilling his immense potential. He would also likely having an easier time making the Stoke team than an Inter Milan side looking to bounce back from a couple of seasons outside Italy’s Champions League qualification places.
Ince was one of the stars of the 2012-2013 Championship season, and was heavily linked with a move to many Premiership teams. Despite only having a year left on his contract, the move failed to materialise, and Ince stuck with Blackpool for the first half of the 2013-2014 season, before moving to Premiership side Palace.
Ince is now out of contract, and will earn Blackpool just £155,000 when he moves on.