Tottenham are lining up a move for Nathan Ake in the summer if Bournemouth are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
The Cherries, who have been a fairly consistent and solid outfit for the past few years under the stewardship of Eddie Howe, have been well below par so far this campaign.
They are involved in a desperate battle to avoid the drop and find themselves two points and two places ahead of the drop zone.
Football Insider claim that Tottenham are in the market for a centre half in the summer. The club are said to be looking at left-sided options for the heart of their defence who can also operate at left-back, especially with Jan Vertonghen’s contract running out at the end of the season.
It is suggested that Spurs view Ake as the ideal long-term replacement for the Belgian international.
It is further reported that the Lilywhites have been long-term admirers of the Dutch international and believe they can land him on a cut-price deal if Bournemouth fail to avoid the drop.
Despite being Dutch, he counts as a homegrown player, having left Feyenoord for Chelsea at the age of 16 and spent his formative years with the Blues.
Spurs Web Opinion
If we are to part ways with Vertonghen in the summer, then we can certainly do a lot worse than replacing him with Ake. Not only is the Dutchman now experienced in the Premier League but at 24 years of age, he could be a long-term option for his. Additionally, the fact that Mourinho seems to prefer employing a hybrid back 3/back 4 that requires one full-back to play effectively as a centre half makes Ake a perfect fit for us.
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