Swansea aim to beat south Wales rivals Cardiff to the signing of Tom Ince in January.

The £8million-rated Blackpool winger is already an England Under-21 star and faced San Marino in Shrewsbury last night.

Ince snubbed a switch to Premier League newboys Cardiff last summer, but Welsh neighbours Swansea, who bulked at the original asking price, are ready to launch a cut-price move with the 21-year-old out-of-contract at the end of the current campaign.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said: “Tom is a very good young player and one we looked at in the summer. I would say it is likely that we will be talking to Blackpool again.

“I know their chairman, Karl Osyton, and when the time is right we will make contact and see what can be done.”