Reading playmaker Tom Ince has completed a permanent switch to Championship side Watford for an undisclosed fee, as confirmed via a statement on the club’s website.
The 31-year-old was one of Reading’s bright sparks last season, despite the club’s relegation to League One. However, he won’t be playing a part in their third-tier spell next season.
Who is Tom Ince?
Ince was a product of Liverpool’s youth setup, enjoying a series of loan spells away from the club. He joined Hull in 2014 before completing a £6 million switch to Derby County. After two years he joined Huddersfield for £9 million and then Stoke City for £11 million.
He’s since had loan spells when Luton and Reading, before joining the Royals permanently last summer. He contributed to 14 goals in 39 matches for the club but wasn’t able to keep the side up.
League One awaits
Reading suffered relegation to League One last season after a points deduction saw them fall into the bottom three, towards the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The club have now appointed Rubén Sellés as the side’s new manager, ahead of the 2023/24 League One campaign. The club will be eager to bounce back as quickly as possible.
According to the club’s website, Tom Ince has completed a move to Watford for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year deal with the option of an additional year in the club’s favour.
Ince had a £50,000 relegation release clause in his contract with Reading and had already attracted the interest of several Championship sides, ahead of the summer window.
I am a big fan of Tom Ince and last season he was a true blessing in what was an extremely disappointing Reading side in the Championship. His exit will be a major blow to the club’s plans ahead of the new season.
Ince however, will be a great addition to Watford as he has plenty of Championship experience in his locker and has managed to recapture his old form.