TOM INCE says that a move to Inter Milan would have been a dream, but joining Hull City was the better move to improve him as a player.
After leaving Blackpool the 22-year-old was courted by a host of clubs, with Inter widely believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature, but he decided against following in the footsteps of his father Paul and signed a two year deal at the KC Stadium instead.
"It was close, I spent three or four days out there. I stood in the San Siro and I thought I was in a dream," Ince said. "But those types of moves I feel can come if you perform. I'm still a young player and I feel this is not only the time to prove to myself that I can play in the Premier League but this is the right move for me at the right time."
Ince says that new manager Steve Bruce was the key factor in him choosing Hull. He has a long running relationship with Bruce through his father and their days together at Manchester United.
"I'm under the right development and like the way the gaffer (Steve Bruce) plays. He knows what I can do and he can enhance my skills and once I do that a few years down the line if there's another option abroad then maybe I'll take that chance then. Right now the opportunity of playing Premier League is the right one for me," Ince added.
"I've known the gaffer for quite some time not only on a personal basis, but he believes in me as a football player.
"When you have that belief from a manager and seeing what the club did last year, with the FA Cup run obviously being the highlight, to be part of that is a great opportunity."
Ince is one of four new faces to sign on the dotted line at the KC Stadium so far this season, with Jake Livermore returning after a loan spell in 2013-14, Robert Snodgrass moving from Norwich and 20-year-old striker Karim Rossi also joining Hull after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by at Stoke.
Hull's FA Cup endeavours last year have earned them a place in this season's Europa League third round qualifiers and Livermore is looking forward to playing in Europe again after doing so at Spurs. "I loved playing in Europe. It was great travelling across the world playing in different countries and experiencing different opposition with different styles of football. We're all really looking forward to it," he said.