Report: West Ham join race to sign £41m Manchester City man, Newcastle also keen
Football site 90Min report that West Ham United are looking to add depth at centre-back by signing Manchester City outcast Nathan Ake – but could face competition for Ake from Newcastle United.
Ake, 26, joined Manchester City from Bournemouth after new Toon manager Eddie Howe failed to keep the Cherries in the Premier League. But injury has seen his spell at City stutter, playing just 22 times.
The Netherlands international is well down the pecking order, behind John Stones, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte. A January move for the ex-Chelsea man is certainly possible, in the coming weeks.
Following the injjury to Angelo Ogbonna, West Ham have been left with just Issa Diop, Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma. With European football after Christmas, another option is needed and Ake has been identified.
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While a move to reunite with Howe at Newcastle, and a potential permanent clause, will be tempting for Ake – he has got to chance his arm at West Ham. Dawson and Ogbonna are both well above 30.
Zouma and Ake could end up being the future of West Ham’s defence. Certainly, joining a club challenging for European qualification is a whole lot better than rock bottom Newcastle at the moment.
What is a fair price for Ake? Well, considering he has dropped off since joining Manchester City for £41million (90Min), between £25million and £30million would be fair for both sides.