Tom Ince has seemingly been connected with Newcastle United forever. He's one of those safe, go-to names. For whatever reason, after leaving the Liverpool academy, his career has kind of stalled. His transfer history goes like this since his Liverpool departure: Blackpool, Crystal Palace (loan), Hull City, Nottingham Forest (loan), Derby County (loan) and now, Derby County (transfer). Capable of playing both wings, it's hard to see him unseating Remy Cabella or Florian Thauvin (if Charnley manages to get that transfer done).
There was a time in which the Ince rumor was exciting as he was a player with great potential, but at this point, it is hard to get worked up that he is going back to the Championship. I mean, Hull City – a team facing relegation – loaned him out for the second half of the season last year... to McClaren's Derby County side. One would assume that the new Toon boss would have had a strong feeling on whether or not Ince was worth pursuing, so this may say all we need to know.
Troy Deeney who was presumed to be the fall back "hey guys... we tried" candidate is also in the news today as he has signed a 5-year contract to stay on at Watford. With Deeney and his 65 goals over the last 3 Championship seasons off the board, Newcastle will feel at least slight pressure to get a deal done with one of their primary striking targets.