Tottenham Hotspur are growing increasingly confident that they will be able to secure the services of exciting young Blackpool winger Thomas Ince during the January transfer window.
The 21 year old has consistently been linked with several Premier League clubs since hitting the headlines with a string of impressive performances for Blackpool.
Liverpool were believed to be the favourites to re-sign the winger with Brendan Rodgers a known admirer of Ince who had come through the Liverpool academy before being allowed to leave in the summer of 2011.
There was plenty of talk that Liverpool would attempt to sign Ince back in January but no offer was made. Once again he was linked with a return to Merseyside in the summer but it was Cardiff City who made an offer of £8m which was rejected by Blackpool.
Tottenham were also credited with interest in the summer but now the Evening Standard reports that they are confident they will finally land the winger in January with a bid of £4m.
Ince's contract runs out at the end of the season and should he remain at Bloomfield Road then the club would receive compensation. However, he would be free in January to join a foreign side for just £335,000 and there is believed to be interest from Inter Milan, Napoli and Juventus.
It seems more likely, however, that Ince would decide to test himself in the Premier League having failed to get that opportunity while representing Liverpool.
A decision on his future will also be in the hands of his father Paul who, as Blackpool manager, will want to get the best for the club.
Receiving a significant transfer fee would certainly be the priority and Tottenham will be confident that a relatively low bid of £4m would be enough to secure his services.
Spurs already have a number of wingers in Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and Erik Lamela all competing for a starting berth, but it seems Andre Villas-Boas is keen to add yet more competition.
The north London club have made a fantastic start to the season and it would be extremely difficult for Ince to turn down the chance to join a club with genuine title ambitions.