Tottenham are preparing a £5 million January bid for Blackpool winger Tom Ince, Goal understands.
But Spurs face competition from a host of Premier League clubs, including Everton, Swansea City and Newcastle United, as well as strong interest in the player from Italian clubs who can buy him for a knock-down fee.
Tottenham came close to signing Ince, son of Blackpool manager and former England international Paul Ince, in the latter stages of the summer window but the player decided to stay put at Bloomfield Road.
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Ince can leave on a free at the end of the season when he is out of contract but, from February 1, he can sign for an overseas club for a small compensation fee. Were he to exploit this loophole Blackpool would only be entitled to the Fifa-mandated 'training' compensation for players aged under 23 of around £300,000.
Ince is believed to be keen to keep his options open, with his ex-professional father likely to have the biggest say in his final destination.
However, the youngster, who joined Blackpool from Liverpool, is keen to make his mark in the Premier League.
One possibility is that he could sign for a top-tier outfit and then be loaned back for the rest of the season.
Ince also came close to joining Cardiff City in the summer after the newly promoted club agreed an £8m fee with Blackpool but the player rejected the move to south Wales.
Liverpool are entitled to 50 per cent of Ince's fee as part of a clause in the deal that took him to Bloomfield Road in 2011.