Spurs fans have been reacting on Twitter to the news that the North London club are lining up a move for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in the summer, provided the Cherries are relegated from the Premier League.
According to Football Insider (via Ricky Sacks), Spurs are looking to bring in a left-sided central defender who can also fill in at left-back and could make a move for the former Chelsea man should Eddie Howe’s side succumb to relegation. The report suggests Jose Mourinho is expected to be without long-standing centre-back Jan Vertonghen next season, with the 32-year-old looking likely to leave at the end of the campaign when his contract expires.
Ake has struggled at times for Bournemouth so far this season, averaging a 6.81 rating for his performances in the Premier League (as per WhoScored). However, the 24-year-old is a regular for his national side, having earned 11 caps for the Netherlands and could provide a young replacement for Vertonghen should the former Ajax man depart at the end of the season.
Would Ake be a good signing for Spurs?
Reaction from Spurs fans to the reported interest in Ake can be seen in the tweets below.
Would take him in a heart beat
— Spurs48 (@Spurs481) February 9, 2020
Direct Jan replacement pic.twitter.com/4cuzC8uzhE
— Imabigmac (@Imabigmac) February 9, 2020
Hes only good enough if relegated
— Jay (@mcr_thfc) February 9, 2020
Levy readying a bid of £1.5m + Stuart Nethercott
— (@isaac_hunt247) February 9, 2020
— Alan Warren (@AlanWarren77) February 9, 2020
— Name cannot be blank (@________78____) February 9, 2020
These Spurs fans are clearly split on the possible signing of Ake, with some hopeful that he will make the move to North London whilst others suggest he isn’t good enough.
What do we think?
Spurs perhaps already have a replacement for Vertonghen in Japhet Tanganga, with the 20-year-old having impressed in his few first-team appearances so far. Meanwhile, Ake could represent an expensive replacement, with the defender currently valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt, so perhaps Spurs should look elsewhere for a centre-back in the summer.