Nottingham Forest could be set to sign Tom Ince on loan from Hull City, according to reports.
Paul Taylor of the Nottingham Post claims that Ince could arrive at the City Ground on Tuesday or Wednesday, just in time to be paraded like some sort of prize performing dog at the open training session on Thursday.
Forest hope to land Tom Ince on loan... #nffc Move could be done tonight or tomorrow. Could be involved in open training session Thursday.— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) October 28, 2014
Ince would, of course, represent an excellent signing for Stuart Pearce, and not just because he's clearly a very good player. Forest's recent lacklustre performances have been screaming out for someone to inject...something into them, and Ince certainly has...something.
What's interesting is where he will fit into the team. Pearce recently shot down talk that Aston Villa haircut Jack Grealish would be signing, on the basis that "He's a talented player but is he going to take Antonio's place?" Burn.
Ince is a more adaptable player, though. One noticeable aspect of recent performances has been the gap opening up between midfield and attack, leaving Britt Assombalonga looking increasingly isolated up front, even when partnered by Matty Fryatt. Ince could be deployed in the central attacking position in a 4-2-3-1, where he'd probably do a better job than the other fit options, such as Henri Lansbury and Chris Burke.
Of course Ince could take Burke's place, as the Scot has looked increasingly anonymous in recent weeks.
Ince of course 'turned down' the chance to join Inter in the summer, so this would represent quite a shift for his career path. We'll leave you to decide in which direction that shift is.