Huddersfield have signed winger Tom Ince from Derby for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £8.5million, rising to over £11million.
Former England Under-21 international Ince has agreed a three-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League club having the option of a further 12 months.
“The 25-year-old attacker moves for a fee that will remain undisclosed at the request of Derby, putting pen to paper on a contract that runs until the summer of 2020,” the Terriers announced on their official website.
Ince, son of former England midfielder Paul, is Huddersfield’s fourth summer signing and the third new player to arrive since they secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
The Terriers have set a new club record transfer fee twice already this summer following the arrival of striker Laurent Depoitre, understood to be £3.5million, and when turning midfielder Aaron Mooy’s season-long loan from Manchester City into a permanent deal for £8m, rising to £10m with add-ons.
“Everybody in England knows that Tom has high-quality; he has been one of the best players in the Sky Bet Championship for many years now,” said Town’s head coach David Wagner.
“He scores goals, creates them for others and is always a threat when he’s on the pitch, so I’m very happy to welcome him to the club.
“I have spoken to Tom and he has a massive desire to come to Huddersfield Town and play in the Premier League.
“He has had a taste of the division for two short spells and is desperate to show everyone that he belongs in the top division. I think he can be a big player for us.”
Ince progressed through Liverpool’s academy but made only one first-team appearance and dropped down to the Championship when he signed for Blackpool in 2011 for an undisclosed compensation fee.
He scored 31 goals in 100 appearances for Blackpool and had a loan spell at Crystal Palace before moving on to Hull when his contract expired in the summer of 2014.
Ince featured on only seven occasions for Hull and following loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Derby he completed a permanent move to the latter in a £4.75million deal in 2015. He scored 25 goals in a total of 83 appearances for the Rams.
Town, who secured promotion to the Premier League in May with their penalty shoot-out win against Reading in the Championship play-off final, have also signed Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Mainz.
Prior to this summer, the club’s record transfer fee was £1.8m for defender Christopher Schindler, signed from 1860 Munich last July.