Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is ready to fight Tottenham for Blackpool starlet Thomas Ince - armed with the cash from the sale of Yohan Cabaye.

Pardew whose only signing this summer has been on-loan Loic Remy has checked on England Under-21 winger Ince and is convinced he would walk into his Premier League side.

And now the Geordies are poised to meet the £8million asking price for Ince who turned down Cardiff earlier in the window when a fee had been agreed.

Spurs are also keen on Ince but have been hoping to force the price down.

Now though White Hart Lane supremo Daniel Levy has competition.

Ince's father and manager Paul wants him to go to a club were he will play and there may be a better chance of that on Tyneside than at big-spending Tottenham.

Pardew will eventually sell unhappy Cabaye a target for Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain at the right price and re-invest the income in a team hammered by Manchester City in their season opener on Monday.