The speculation continues regarding Newcastle United interest in Tom Ince.

The winger asked about the situation ahead of this weekend’s games.

Derby’s charge up the table has now come to an abrupt halt with only one win since 14 December and they now stand 15 points behind Newcastle and five off the play-offs.

Nevertheless, Tom Ince says that whilst it is ‘obviously nice’ to see Newcastle show interest because it ‘shows what you’re doing on the pitch is good’, he still believes that he can get into the Premier League in May with Derby County.

The winger says that he’s happy at the club but also admits that like everybody else he wants to play in the top division.

I think that the odds are that Tom Ince will be playing in the Premier League next season but it is very unlikely to be with Derby, whether that equals a possible move to Newcastle this month – who knows?

Only once the money is on the table do you find out what a club will do and with Ince showing a tendency to blow hot and cold, there is always a risk of missing out on maximising any fee. This season saw the Derby player score only one goal in the first three months of the Championship and now he has seven in his last 12 league games, summing up his variable form.

Turning 25 in a week’s time, Tom Ince will not want to wait much longer to get his chance in the Premier League and with Rafa Benitez showing this month plenty patience in chasing targets, if Derby fail to beat Reading tomorrow then maybe they will be thinking that it is cashing in time if the right offer came in from Newcastle, or anybody else.

Tom Ince reacts to Newcastle transfer speculation – speaking to Derby Telegraph:

“It’s obviously nice to see other teams show interest because it shows what you’re doing on the pitch is good.

“That’s good, not because other teams want to look at me but because I’m performing for my team, I’m performing for Derby County.

“The transfer window is always an exciting time but, for me, I’m happy at this club and I’m enjoying my football.

“I enjoy coming into training every day but, of course, I want to be successful, like any other player.

“I want to be playing in the Premier League – and so does everyone else in the dressing room.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think that (Derby could get promotion) was the case.

“This is a club that has a tremendous drive to do it.

“It’s got the infrastructure, the fanbase and the squad to do it, now it’s just putting the words into action and we need to do that,  a long way to go and a lot of points still to play for.”