Premier League - Paper Round: Spurs to 'steal' Liverpool's top target

With the international week in the books the Premier League again takes centre stage and Tottenham are already looking to 'steal a march' on rivals Liverpool in the transfer market this summer.

Premier League - Paper Round: Spurs to 'steal' Liverpool's top target

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas talks to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (AFP)

According to the Daily Star, Andre Villas-Boas is going to make a big push to sign Liverpool's top transfer target – Blackpool's Thomas Ince – when the transfer window reopens.

The classy England U21 international left the Reds just 18 months ago for £250,000, but seemed all set to rejoin Liverpool in January until their final bid of £5.5 million fell short of Blackpool's valuation.

Tottenham have been monitoring the situation throughout and now feel they can swoop in for the Championship's recently crowned Young Player of the Year – in similar fashion to last summer, when they nabbed Gylfi Sigurdsson despite interest from Anfield.

"Liverpool’s failure to wrap up a deal for Ince, 21, has left the door open for Spurs," reports the Star.

"They want to bring him to White Hart Lane this summer and have made regular checks.

"Spurs hope their track record of success with players from the Championship will persuade Ince to reject a switch to his former club in favour of joining them.

"The likes of Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon have all developed from having Championship potential into established Premier League and international players at Spurs."

Either way though, Liverpool will get something from the deal as they have a 50 per cent sell-on clause on the original deal that brought Ince to Bloomfield Road.

To other news, and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been linked with a move to French club Monaco by the papers in the past, and the Mirror now claims the Ligue 2 club are so keen on the Italian that they are willing to offer him a £170m transfer war chest if he signs.

The club's Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev would also give Mancini a three-year deal worth £22m in wages if he decided to try and revive the Monte Carlo side's fortunes.

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony has been linked with Premier League clubs all week – most notably West Ham – but now Chelsea are believed to be interested in the Ivorian according to the Sun.

"Chelsea see the free-scoring forward as a potential replacement for £50m flop Fernando Torres," reports the paper.

Arsenal are pressing ahead with their interest in Swansea defender Ashley Williams. The centre back has had an impressive season for Michael Laudrup's side, and his performances have alerted Wenger and his influential chief scout Steve Rowley. Liverpool are also keen (Daily Mail)

Arsenal's summer plans will also be helped if Galatasaray make a £12m bid for striker Gervinho. The Turkish side are keen after seeing the 25-year-old impress during the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast. Arsenal have shown interest in Galatasaray's highly-rated goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, 26, but Liverpool's Pepe Reina remains their preferred choice. (Daily Mail)

Stevan Jovetic has been urged to join Manchester City by his pal Stefan Savic, despite Savic having had a nightmare spell at the Etihad. The Montenegro striker is a summer target for both City and Arsenal and defender Savic reckons there is no contest. (The Sun)

"They are a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year," Savic is quoted as saying in the Sun.

Yaya Toure has put a decision on his Manchester City future on hold until the end of the season with Real Madrid and PSG both keen. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are among the clubs chasing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Inter Milan and Manchester City have also declared an interest in the coveted Belgian. (Daily Mail)

FK Khazar Lankaran coach John Toshack wants to take Andrey Arshavin to Azerbaijan but Arshavin, 31, would rather stay in London. (Daily Mail)

Finally, Crystal Palace star Glenn Murray is a target for Fulham. The Cottagers are among several clubs monitoring the striker, who has smashed 30 goals for the Championship club this season. Palace have offered Murray a new three-year deal worth £1million a year in a bid to hang onto him.

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