Tom Ince and Derby County finished in 9th place this past season, 27 points behind champions Newcastle and 13 adrift of the play-offs.

There were widespread reports of Newcastle interest back in January for the winger/attacking midfielder and both then manager Steve McClaren and Ince himself commented on the interest/speculation.

Tom Ince admitted he was desperate to play in the Premier League but that he thought it could be possible to do it with Derby County.

Hard to make a case for why Derby in the top tier could/would happen soon, they have spent the last nine seasons in the Championship and only one of the past 15 seasons has been at the top level.

That was the infamous 2007/08 season when Derby became officially the worst ever PL team with only 11 points, four of them coming against a Sam Allardyce managed Newcastle, against who the Rams got their only win of the season.

Wednesday afternoon has brought claims from The Mirror that a player plus cash deal from Newcastle could end up on the table for Tom Ince.

Gary Rowett is said to be now willing to sell the winger, in order to raise funds and buy players he wants to bring in to a club he joined only late last season.

The Derby boss would be willing to sell if £10m or more is offered according to the report, with the Mirror claiming that a deal which could suit both parties, may well see Grant Hanley plus cash heading in the other direction in return for Tom Ince’s services.

The winger/midfielder has undoubtedly proved himself to be one of the Championship’s best performers and turning 26 during next season, he will want to make the step up as soon as possible to the Premier League and try his luck.

He was bought for around £6m by Derby from Hull back in July 2015 and including a loan spell earlier that year, he has scored 37 Championship goals and grabbed 15 assists for the Rams. That makes it 52 goals he has been directly involved in from a midfield/wing position and they have come in only 97 Championship starts, plus 10 appearances from the bench.

Rafa Benitez will be looking to unload a lot of fringe players this summer, with Grant Hanley almost certainly one of them, A player plus cash deal would surely appeal to Rafa Benitez IF he still retains any interest in Derby’s top goalscorer this past season.

Tom Ince reacting to Newcastle interest in January 2017:

“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.”

  • Jimblag23

    He’s good but would be a risk. I think the ship has sailed but Andros would have been a far safer bet.

  • nevfur

    Wouldn’t object but prefer Hughes, or both

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I’ve always thought Hughes was Derby’s best player.

  • Benjamin Appleby

    Not looked the part previously when he has played in the PL, was dismal for Hull in a game where he was outshone by Sammy Ameobi. Still, he has some resale value if it doesn’t work out.

  • Wor Lass

    Cairney – yes. Mooy – yes. Ince – not sure. He is a decent player but I`m not sure about him stepping up to PL level.

    • Tony Mann

      Your first two are worth a punt – they tore us another one last season – Ince blows so hot and cold – is it bad management – Might just need our gaffer to bring out the best.

  • Toonarden

    Why are we looking at sub standard average players? We have to set our sights higher than Ince. I’m sure these names being bandied around are just that and not on Rafa’s radar.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    We just got Atsu so why Ince, also he was subbed against us because Dummy had him in his pocket he didn`t get a kick

    • Burt Humperdink

      We do need another winger because at the very least Ameobi is gone, possibly Gouffran and Aarons is both injury prone and in bother with the bobbies. That leaves us with two dependable wingers in Ritchie and Atsu and maybe Yedlin being able to push up on the right in times of desperation.

      Not that I am advocating that Ince be that new winger. Delph is and has always been my preference.

  • Leazes Ender

    Change of manager….. same targets…… spooky co-ince-idence…..?

    • Damon Horner

      Are they targets because a newspaper say they are?

      • Leazes Ender

        Are you saying Grtaham is propogating Fake News?

        • Damon Horner

          if by “Fake News” you mean rumour then yes, the clue is in the heading at the top.

          • Leazes Ender

            Its going to be a long summer

          • Andy Mac

            Of that there is no denying………..

    • NUFCLX

      Just out of curiousity, what would need to happen for you to post something positive on this site ?

      • Scottpaige

        Not a chance from Mr positive

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      If you were capable of thought, you’d realise that Ince’s manager who bought him through at Liverpool was Rafa. Now it maybe paper talk but if we were after him in January, Rafa was not doing so just to get promoted and the link to the player if Rafa and Liverpool.

      This of course would not fit in with your myopic thinking do hey ho, who needs FACTS

  • Paul Patterson

    Townsend is twice the player..

    • Tony Mann

      Maybe – but he deserted the cause because he could. We want players who can see beyond the ….. Just realised what I’m saying. Will we ever find players who see beyond the paypacket?

      • Andy Mac

        If not then dont bring them in ?

        The good news for Rafa last season was that almost all the players he brought in were upgrading their situation. Even Ritchie and Gayle were better off playing in the EFL in front of The Toon Army than where they were.

        This season will be more difficult unless we buy players from the bottom six clubs and maybe Bournemouth or go abroad ?

  • hetonmag

    Move on from him and Townsend.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Not Ince championship player….

  • Albert Stubbins

    he missed a sitter at st james’ this season but has talent- but I thought we would have been going for real quality?

  • Geordiegiants

    For one its the Mirror, secondly its not up to Rowett how much he sells the player for, thirdly its obviously a slow news day.
    Ince is average at best, he would of been a good player for us last season, but this year we need to kick on with players of a different calibre. Man City / Chelsea fringe players, Delph, Ineacho, Loftus Cheek etc etc, should be the sort of players we should be looking for, with one or two proven top premier League players.
    Just my opinion.

  • 1957

    Not for me, I think Benitez can do better than Paul’s boy, but my sights are not as high as Freddie Shepherd. In the Chronicle our rotund former chairman, the Robber Baron’s henchman, is advising the need for a Shearer like ‘marquee signing’ so armed with that piece of wisdom, the local rag will move on to running polls of which superstar we would want, but could never afford next season.

    I’ve often been critical of the staff writers regurgitating the Chronicle fancyful output, this time they’ve excelled themselves posting the Ince story at exactly the same time as the Chronicle…spooky or what.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The real Robber Baron isn`t a Geordie

      • Leazes Ender

        He’s from Ashington…. Bobby Robson was from Crook.

        • 1957

          Sir Bob was born in Sacriston and his family moved to Langley Park when he was a baby, as far as I was aware he never lived in Crook

          • Andy Mac

            Isnt there a plaque somewhere showing his birthplace ? Unless of course it’s been bulldozed ?

    • Leazes Ender

      The Chronicle reporters are still in the 1950s…. and are plugging for a ‘Trophy Signing’ not a ‘Marquee Signing’…. and fool the fans into thinking there is ambition.

      Now I believe that the term ‘Marquee’ signing has come from different sports….. American Football and Baseball whereby a club can have one marquee player who is allowed to exceed the ruling body wage cap.

  • Cuh736

    Rumours on rumours on rumours… all I want is confirmed news

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      try the chronicle, ha ha ha

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  • GToon

    Barcelona have been linked with a move for Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, but AC Milan and Real Madrid are also interested in the 27-year-old.
    This is on the BBC footy gossip site. I can only assume the Spanish newspaper who ran this story is some kind of satirical magazine like Private Eye or something.

    • Tony Mann

      I played for a Sunday league side in the 80’s – I was a garbage player in a garbage team – but the gaffer would still have been chosen me to play before that tw*t.

  • S.G.M.

    Just more Porter PAP.

  • MadMag83

    No better than what we already have. Can’t be too good if his boss is willing to sell.

  • Rich Lawson

    Flatters to decieve,occasionally brilliant but goes missing to often when things aren’t going his way for me.

  • Viru leckworth

    I would rather go for Sesegnon from Fulham.