Tottenham Hotspur have had perhaps one of the greatest centre-back partnerships in world football over the past few seasons.
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, both superb players in their own right, only become stronger as a unit through years of playing together.
The two defenders played together at Ajax, the Belgium national team, and then Tottenham, forging a strong bond on and off the pitch.
However, the pair are now both in their thirties, and each have just a year left on their current contracts at Tottenham.
While they could well play at the top for a good few more years, Spurs may have to start planning for their future without Toby and Jan.
A report by Football Insider has now revealed that Pochettino is particularly keen on Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake.
The report adds that Spurs have actually told the Dutch defender that he could be the long-term replacement for Vertonghen, with both being left-footed, left-sided centre-backs.
The Sun have also claimed that Spurs are ready to make a £40m bid for the ex-Chelsea star.
Spurs Web Opinion:
I have seen Ake have great games, but I have also seen him be unreliable at the back. When it comes to replacing Jan and Toby, I think Spurs need two players in their absolute peak, otherwise the club risks taking a step backwards defensively.
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