Ince impressed by Hull set-up but Tigers have yet to clinch his arrival

hull city remain locked in talks with winger Tom Ince and are hoping to strike a compromise £5m deal with Blackpool to sign him.

Hull target Tom Ince.

Ince was in East Yorkshire yesterday for discussions, with his Championship club Blackpool seeking compensation of around £8m for his services with his contract having just expired at Bloomfield Road.

Pool are entitled to substantial compensation for the ex-England Under-21 player as he is under 23.

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Ince is also interesting Swansea, Stoke and Crystal Palace, having rebuffed interest from his father Paul’s old club Inter Milan.

But Hull appear firm favourites to land him.

Blackpool have already been paid a £1.5m loan fee by Palace after his spell at Selhurst Park in the second half of last season and that sum will be subtracted from the final payment they receive for him.

If Hull and Blackpool fail to agree on a figure, the fee will be settled by a tribunal.

The Tigers have already shelved out a combined fee of around £15m to sign Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass from Tottenham and Norwich City respectively.

Ince said: “I have come to speak to Hull, talks are on-going, and we shall see where it goes in the next couple of days.

“We have had the first round of negotiations, and it’s all gone very well. It’s been very positive.

“Hull have shown their ambition by bringing in some good players, Robert Snodgrass being the latest one.

“He is a fantastic player who showed what he can do in the Premier League last season.

“I have had a look around the facilities, and this is a club that clearly wants to go forwards.

“They have got the right backroom staff, and Steve Bruce has been an absolutely fantastic manager for them.”

Meanwhile, the transfer embargo imposed on Leeds United is set finally to be lifted.

With captain Ross McCormack expected to leave shortly, Fulham his likely destination, United owner Massimo Cellino’s thoughts are turning to boosting the club’s squad numbers.

Leeds are yet to make a close-season signing, while several senior players, including Paddy Kenny and Stephen Warnock, are expected to leave the club this summer.

Centre-half Marius Zaliukas yesterday left the club, with his contract terminated by mutual consent.

The Lithuanian international defender, 30, had a year left on his United deal, having signed an 18-month contract only last 
autumn.