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Tottenham are interested in signing Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake but could face competition from Manchester United, according to the Star.

Ake joined Bournemouth permanently from Chelsea in the summer of 2017 after spending the 2016/17 campaign on loan with the Cherries.

He played all 38 Premier League games for Bournemouth last season, helping Eddie Howe’s side finish 12th in the table.

And according to the Star, Spurs have identified Ake as a potential long-term replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who is apparently still unwilling to sign a new contract.

Manchester United are also said to be keen on Ake – Jose Mourinho failed in a move to sign Alderweireld over the summer and so is now pursuing other targets.

The report claims Bournemouth will demand around £40 million for the 23-year-old.

The Star isn’t the most reliable outlet when it comes to transfer stories, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to discover Tottenham have some sort of interest in Ake.

Pochettino is renowned for his ability to nurture young English talent, although Bournemouth’s valuation of Ake might put Spurs off.

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