STOKE will have to cough up £10million to prise Tom Ince out of Huddersfield.
Potters boss Gary Rowett wants the Terriers winger to replace Xherdan Shaqiri at the bet365 Stadium following the Swiss international wide man’s £13.5million switch to Liverpool.
REUTERS Tom Ince is wanted by Stoke – but they will have to cough up £10m to get him
Former Derby chief Rowett worked with Ince during his spell in charge at Pride Park, and rates the 26-year-old highly.
He believes the ex-England under-21 international would boost relegated City’s hopes of making a first-time return to the Premier League.
And Huddersfield could be tempted to sell if the price is right.
Town manager David Wagner admitted: ”At the minute I can’t say anything really serious, so we have to see what happens over the next four weeks.”
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PA:Press Association Gary Rowett left Derby to take over at Stoke – could he bring in ex-Ram Tom Ince to the Britannia?
Wagner paid the Rams £9million to bring Ince to the John Smith’s Stadium 12 months ago.
And the son of former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul made 33 appearances and contributed two goals to help the Yorkshire outfit win their battle to beat the drop.
But it is at Championship level – and particularly with Blackpool and Derby – where he has impressed the most.
And that is why Rowett reckons he could be a key component in Stoke’s push for promotion.