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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
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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