Newcastle United are reportedly planning to launch a bid for Derby County winger Tom Ince in the coming days.
According to The Sun, the Championship promotion contenders have their sights set on the 24-year-old and could potentially offer the Rams a fee of around £8 million in exchange for his services.
This comes after the Magpies cooled their interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, after being quoted a price of around £10 million to land the former Blackburn Rovers man.
Ince has starred for Derby since the return of former boss Steve McClaren, and helped his side overcome Premier League West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup third round last weekend with a stunning second-half free kick goal that proved to be the winner.
Since arriving at Pride Park in 2015, the tricky wide man has netted 31 times in 81 appearances for the Rams, and was a key member of the side that narrowly missed out on being promoted to the Premier League in 2015; Bobby Zamora’s late play-off final heroics meant that the promotion push was brought to an abrupt end at the final hurdle.
Ince began his career at Liverpool, but was shipped out to then-Championship outfit Blackpool after failing to make an appearance for the Merseyside club.
It was with the Tangerines that he made a name for himself as a proven second-tier goalscorer; he netted 31 times in exactly 100 appearances for the club, and was also managed by his father, former England captain Paul, during his time in Blackpool.
He then made a move to Premier League side Hull City, where he struggled to make as much of an impact, before being snapped up by Derby after a successful loan spell at the club.
Newcastle are sitting pretty in an automatic promotion spot at present, and head coach Rafa Benitez will be looking to add some quality to his squad as they aim to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking this season.