According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (17/11; page 67), Bournemouth are bracing themselves for a massive bid for Nathan Ake with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur set to target a new defender in January.
Ake has been a revelation for the Cherries. The 24-year-old has started all 12 league games for Eddie Howe’s men this season, and it appears that he has plenty of admirers.
The Sun on Sunday (17/11; page 67) reports that Bournemouth are planning a move for Preston North End defender Ben Davies, with Ake’s future leaving them with cause for concern.
The report notes that Spurs and Pep Guardiola’s men are looking for a new centre-back in January. And it appears that the £40 million-rated Dutchman could prove to be a potential target.
TBR View – Tottenham should prioritise Ake move
Mauricio Pochettino certainly needs to use January to give everyone at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a boost. They sit 14th in the table, and are significantly closer to the bottom three than top four.
With uncertainty surrounding Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, Ake would arguably be a smart signing. Not only can the former Chelsea man help address their defensive problems, but he can also push slightly further forward into midfield if required.
He also has experience of working in a back three or four. So Pochettino should arguably jump at the chance to add him to his ranks when January arrives.
And with Bournemouth reportedly eyeing up a replacement, Spurs may perhaps find that their divisional rivals are more open to accepting a significant offer.