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Everton & Aston Villa in battle for England Under-21 star

Thomas InceThe Football Transfer Tavern is heating up ahead of the transfer window closing in less than five days and one player that could make a deadline day move is England Under-21 international Thomas Ince.

The Daily Star today report that Everton and Aston Villa have now joined the pursuit for the Blackpool starlet who has also been lined up by Newcastle United and Tottenham.

Suggestions have been made that the 21-year-old could now leave Bloomfield Road for a fee around £8 million ahead of Monday’s summer transfer deadline with both the Toffees and Villa preparing offers to land Ince.

The former Liverpool man was heavily rumoured with a move back to Anfield during January and Ince rejected a move to Premier League new boys Cardiff City due to personal reasons which some in the tavern thought would see him remain with the Championship side until the next transfer window in January.

Manager and father Paul Ince admitted recently that he expects his son to depart the club soon, but doesn’t want him to end up sat on a bench every week.

He said: “What I wouldn’t want Thomas to do is to go to a club and then spend a lot of time on the bench, as that would hamper his development.

“Whenever he does go, and whatever club he goes to, he needs to be playing football and his development needs to be taken forward.

“Look at Scott Sinclair when he left Swansea and went to Manchester City, he hasn’t played for two years. That won’t happen to Thomas.”

Tottenham now appear unlikely to move for Ince with Andre Villas-Boas expected to sign Roma’s Erik Lamela and Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen as he searches for replacements for Real Madrid-bound Gareth Bale. This could pave the way for one of their rivals to sign the highly rated winger.

Where will Ince end up this summer? Let us know your thoughts below.

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