EXCLUSIVE: Stoke star set for move abroad with Belgian club keen

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Stoke City have fielded a number of enquiries for Tom Ince, who could be set to move abroad this month.

The 28-year-old still has 18 months left on his contract at the Bet 365 Stadium and manager Michael O’Neill has told him he is not part of his long-term plans.

However, because of the size of his deal, Stoke are going to have to cover a big chunk of his wages, and as such they would rather not do that for a fellow Championship club.

Scottish champions Celtic have been linked. However, we understand that the strongest interest could be in Belgium, Holland and Turkey.

One club looking is believed to be KV Oostende – who are flying high in the Belgian top-flight.

They already have two British players doing well in the shape of on-loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry and Northern Irish midfielder Cameron McGeehan.

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Ince set for first spell abroad

Now, they could consider a move for Ince, who has been at Stoke since 2018. Making 88 appearances in that time, he has scored nine goals and added 11 assists.

Ince has only started two games in the Championship this season, but has come on as a substitute in five more.

His last goal came for the club came in July. Although he has never played abroad in his career before, that could be about to change.