Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has admitted he would like Tottenham to sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake this summer.
Speaking during an appearance on the Beautiful Game podcast, Defoe said he would love to see his former Bournemouth team-mate sign for the Lilywhites after impressing on the south coast.
Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his defence with Spurs veteran, Jan Vertognhen set to leave this summer when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Ake joined the Cherries from Tottenham’s London rivals, Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of £20million after making his loan move permanent and previously had temporary spells at Reading and Watford (Transfermarkt).
With Bournemouth fighting for their Premier League survival, it would come as no surprise if Ake received interest from other Premier League clubs this summer no matter what the outcome is for Eddie Howe’s side.
The Dutch centre-back has featured 29 times in the league for Bournemouth but is now likely to miss the remainder of the season due to injury (Daily Mail).
Defoe said about Ake on The Beautiful Game podcast: “I would love to see him at Tottenham you know. He’s got so much potential. Coming from Chelsea it was difficult to get in the team there. He went to Watford, and Bournemouth paid a big fee for him.
“He’s technically good, Dutch players always are. Scores a lot of goals from set-pieces, he is really brave which is good. One of the nicest guys I’ve met in football, you’d even let him date your sister.
“I would love to see him get to the next level and play in the Champions League. I feel he is that good, I’m sure.”
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Bournemouth have been awful this season, however, Ake has been one of the few bright lights during their Premier League campaign. The centre-back saved his side conceding a second goal against Leicester on Sunday with a superb tackle on Jamie Vardy which led to his injury which will probably see him miss the rest of the season.
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