Hull swoop for Blackpool winger Ince
07 July 2014, 23:28
London - Tom Ince finally ended months of speculation about his future by signing for Premier League side Hull City on Monday.
Ince, the 22-year-old son of former Manchester United and England star Paul Ince, had been linked with a host of clubs since confirming he wouldn't sign a new contract with Championship outfit Blackpool.
French side Monaco were said to be early front-runners for his signature before Inter Milan, one of father's old clubs, appeared set to win the race when they held talks with the England Under-21 winger in Italy.
But Ince, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Crystal Palace, eventually pulled out of the move to European giants Inter and has instead opted for the less glamourous surroundings of the KC Stadium after snubbing interest from Stoke and Queen's Park Rangers.
Ince agreed a two-year contract with Steve Bruce's team, who have yet to settle on compensation with Blackpool, meaning a tribunal may be necessary if a fee cannot be decided.
The former Liverpool trainee joins Hull with the club seemingly on the up after reaching last season's FA Cup final, narrowly losing 3-2 to Arsenal, and securing their Premier League status for another season.
The Tigers also appealed to Ince as they will play in the Europa League next season.
"I've known Steve Bruce on a personal and professional level for quite some years, being in a former team with my old man," Ince told Sky Sports News.
"There's a strong British core throughout the team. The manager's bringing in some big names who have Premier League experience and we want to try and build on last season.
"The cup run was fantastic for the club. Now we have to look at having a stronger Premier League position and the Europa League is a fantastic achievement as well."
Ince is Bruce's third signing of the close-season following his swoops for Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore and Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass.