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Tottenham Hotspur 'to rival Manchester United for Nathan Ake'

Spurs 'to rival Man Utd for Nathan Ake'
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Tottenham Hotspur reportedly join Manchester United in the hunt to sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake during the January transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined the race to sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake during the January transfer window.

Ake has established himself as a regular starter for the Cherries since his move from Chelsea, with his performances during the opening stages of this season in particular drawing the attention of some of the Premier League's biggest clubs.

Manchester United have already been linked with the 23-year-old as a possible solution to their defensive issues, and Eurosport reports that Tottenham are now also considering an approach.

Spurs failed to make a single signing during the summer transfer window, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is eager to bolster his defensive options following an injury to Jan Vertonghen.

The 31-year-old has been ruled out until December, prompting Pochettino to begin thinking about a long-term replacement given that Toby Alderweireld's future is also up in the air.

Ake is thought to fit the mould for Pochettino, although any deal for the Dutch international is likely to cost around £40m - double what Bournemouth paid for him last year.


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Nathan Ake in action for Bournemouth in August 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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