Everton and Spurs are considering last-gasp bids to sign Tom Ince.
Pool’s star man, out of action since the opening week of the season, made a shock return from the bench to score a sensational winner against Watford on Saturday.
It clinched a third successive 1-0 home victory for Pool, who have won four of their first five League games, drawing the other – the club’s best start since 1935.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez sent his chief scout to Bloomfield Road to run the rule over Ince and he couldn’t fail to be impressed by the winger’s 25-minute cameo.
The 21-year-old has been tracked by a host of clubs this summer but as yet only Cardiff have matched the £8m price tag.
Everton are believed to be waiting on money from the sale of either Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines, while Spurs are reported to be ready to offer Pool a deal which would see Ince loaned back to Bloomfield Road for the rest of the season.
Newcastle enquired about the availabilty of Ince yesterday, but informed Blackpool they wouldn’t be following up their interest.
Ince chose against a move to South Wales, but Premier League interest from the North West or a top-four club would no doubt appeal. Aston Villa have also been linked.
But if Ince is planning to leave, he showed no signs of it after Saturday’s game.
While he wouldn’t be drawn on his future, he spoke openly about his hopes for the Seasiders.
“The team spirit is magical, it really is,” said Ince. “We weathered the storm in the first half but sometimes you have to – you’re not always going to be on top in games.
“We did much better in the second half and created a lot more chances, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves.
“We’ve done well but we still need more faces and we need players back in contention. We need to get all the new faces fit and then we will definetly be a force to be reckoned with.”
Ince was brought on much earlier than planned becauseTom Barkhuizen pulled up with cramp on 66 minutes.
And it was with just nine minutes left that Ince stole the show. He picked up the ball on the halfway line, drifted past a couple of players and buried from 18 yards.
“It was probably the quickest I’ve ever run,” he added. “It just opened up and I thought, ‘Why not?’ I hadn’t been training but I’d done a few short and sharp bits on my own.
“I hadn’t felt the injury, so I said to fling me on the bench and maybe give me five minutes. The call came a little bit earlier than expected and it was great to score.”