Blackpool fear losing Thomas Ince to a continental club for chump change.
The Daily Mail says Blackpool could lose Ince for as little as £155,000 as he considers a move abroad.
The 21-year-old winger, rated at £8million, is a free agent in the summer but Blackpool can still expect considerable compensation should he move to another English club.
Ince is warming to the idea of such a move to improve his education in the game but that would deliver a crushing blow to Blackpool’s finances.
Newcastle United, Everton, Tottenham and Swansea City are now considering offers in January. But they know that Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston will drive a hard bargain for his prize asset and will be reluctant to accept less than £5m, even though there will be just six months left on Ince’s contract at that stage.
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