Tottenham make Bournemouth star Nathan Ake their top defensive target as they prepare for Jan Vertonghen’s exit


TOTTENHAM are putting Nathan Ake top of their list for a new centre-half – as Spurs pave the way for life beyond Jan Vertonghen.

Thursday January 01, 1970

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are planning quite a clear-out ahead of their eventual move into their sparkly new stadium at White Hart Lane.

Thursday January 01, 1970

Spurs have made Nathan Ake their top defensive target
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And the Bournemouth defender – formerly of Chelsea – is now being targeted as the main man to fill the void left by Vertonghen.

Dutch star Ake, 23, is thought to be valued at around £40million and has impressed for Eddie Howe’s side so far this season.

So much so that he has been called up to the Netherlands squad for their Nations League tie against Germany and then the friendly with Belgium.

Thursday January 01, 1970

Ake moved to the Chelsea youth system from Feyenoord in 2011 at the age of 16.

The Cherries defender is valued at around £40million
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Mauricio Pochettino is planning for life beyond Jan Vertonghen

He made his Premier League debut on December 2016 2012 against Norwich as a 17-year-old.

Loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth followed between 2015 and 2017 before he joined the Cherries permanently in June last year for a then club record deal of around £20m.

Meanwhile, Michel Vorm, who struggled during Hugo Lloris’ absence last month, is on his way out next summer as the club eye a new back-up keeper.

Spurs will also listen to offers for central midfielder Victor Wanyama, while they are still trying to offload Mousa Dembele.