According to The Sun (17th June, page 74), Derby County have set a £10million valuation upon forward Tom Ince. This comes on the back of a £7.2million offer from newly promoted Huddersfield Town, which was rejected by the Rams.
David Wagner is keen on strengthening his Terriers squad ahead of their debut campaign in the Premier League. The German targeted Ince as a possible recruit, leading to the multi-million bid being produced. It remains to be seen if they’ll reignite their interest in the 25-year-old, or focus their attentions away from the Derby winger.
The Stockport-born player has played over 100 times for Derby since joining them for just under £5million from Hull City in 2015. This came following a successful loan spell and Gary Rowett is certainly hoping to utilise his qualities next season. However every player has his price, especially in the Sky Bet Championship. Will Hughes and Darren Bent are among the others to have been linked away from Pride Park this summer.
Huddersfield are also expected to complete a £10million permanent signing of star loan man Aaron Mooy too. That undoubtedly is the priority given what he offered and produced for them in their promotion campaign, but Ince remains a big target too. If they are willing to part way for another £10million for a second time remains to be seen. However Wagner is aiming big next season and doesn’t want to make up the numbers in the top flight. As for Derby, they are clearly bracing for a summer of change, but perhaps they won’t want wholesale alternations.