The Blue Birds join the race for highly rated Tom Ince.
After quoting Crystal Palace £8m to sign Tom Ince Blackpool have now received an enquiry from fellow Premier League new boys Cardiff City for the youngster, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blue Birds are prepared to meet the fee demanded by the west coast club, but may still face competition from Ince’s former side Liverpool – who have the option to match any bid for the England under-21 international.
Ince left Anfield for Blackpool two years ago but with a 35-percent sell-on clause going to the Reds, they could actually pick up the highly rated youngster for around £5m.
The winger’s father, former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince, is the manager of the Seasiders and insisted on Tuesday that he would be doing all he could to keep his son at Bloomfield Road – although realised the lure of the Premier League could be too tempting.
The 21-year-old has shot to fame over the past two seasons at Blackpool, impressing many onlookers and proving he was not just there because of his name.
Ince was a regular inclusion in the first team last year, missing just two Championship games and scoring 18 goals as well as providing 14 assists.
The forward was also part of England’s fateful under-21 European Championship campaign earlier this month, featuring two times as the nation crashed out of the competition with defeats in all three group matches.
Despite that Ince is still highly regarded as a prestigious young talent and Cardiff will have their work cutout to sign the winger, with Liverpool clearly in the driving seat for his signature.