Sky Bet Championship side Stoke City are interested in signing Huddersfield Town winger Tom Ince, according to a report from Sky Sports.

The Potters are looking for a replacement for Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri, who left the club following their relegation from the Premier League.

Shaqiri completed his move to Champions League finalists Liverpool, and Stoke turned their attentions to Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, but Magpies boss Rafa Benitez confirmed yesterday that he was not for sale.

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This has left Stoke City looking for alternatives, and it seems that they have turned their attention to another Premier League winger in the form of Tom Ince.

The 26-year-old moved to Huddersfield Town last summer, joining the club for an undisclosed fee. He signed a three-year deal at the John Smith Stadium, meaning he still has two years left on his current contract, and will not be available on the cheap.

Tom Ince is well known to Sky Bet Championship fans, as he has represented a number of different clubs at that level.

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He was formerly on the books at the likes of Hull City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

Interestingly, Tom Ince started his career at Merseyside giants Liverpool. He joined the club’s academy back in 2008, before signing his first professional contract two years later.

He failed to make the cut at Anfield, playing just a matter of times in cup competitions.

Ince has never represented the senior England squad, but he is an experienced youth international, playing 18 times for the England under 21 side.

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