Newcastle keen to pip Everton to Tom Ince’s signature

Alan Pardew is ready to launch an £8m approach for Blackpool winger Tom Ince, but Premier League rivals Everton are also believed to be interested, according to The Mirror.

The Newcastle manager does not want to spend as much as the £8m fixed valuation now on the player’s head, but is aware that the asking price is within his budget and is prepared to stretch to it in order to land Ince, who is the son of former Man United, Liverpool, Inter Milan and England footballer Paul Ince.

Ince recently rejected a move to Premier League new boys Cardiff for personal reasons, but is thought to be more open to a move to Newcastle.

With Everton not yet ready to make their move for the England U-21 star, Pardew is keen to convince Joe Kinnear to make his move quickly and try and get the deal tied up before the Toffees, or indeed any other interested party, make their move.

The reason for Everton’s delay is that they would need to make a sale first to raise the funds. New boss Roberto Martinez is a long-term admirer of Ince, and tried to sign him whilst still at Wigan last season, but the club are thought unable to finance the deal without first balancing the books. It is believed Ince could be persuaded to move to Goodison Park, as he still lives on Merseyside from his youth days at Liverpool.

Spurs are also thought to have a growing interest, but are not likely to make a move before Gareth Bale’s potential departure, meaning Newcastle hold the early lead in the chase for the coveted winger.

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