As per a report from Sky Sports, Tottenham are ‘closely monitoring’ the progression of Bournemouth star Nathan Ake, ahead of a potential swoop for the stopper.

Ake’s Bournemouth stint

23-year-old central defender Ake has been on the books of the Cherries since last summer.

After being deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea, the board at the Vitality agreed to sanction a club-record £20 million for the Dutchman, with Bournemouth having since reaped the rewards in a major way.

Ake has gone on to appear in all of Bournemouth’s 50 Premier League outings since joining Eddie Howe’s side, just one of which did not come as a start.

And the 9-time capped Oranje international’s progression as a stopper has been clear for all to see over the last 15 months, with a number of Chelsea fans having even taken to Twitter earlier this month to urge their club to bring Ake back to Stamford Bridge, following his superb showing in a league clash with Manchester United:

Nathan Ake during the pre- Season friendly match between Sevilla FC and AFC Bournemouth

Spurs interest

Chelsea, though, are not the only London-based outfit to have been touted as a potential future destination for Ake.

As per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘closely monitoring’ the Cherries’ star, ahead of a potential swoop as early as January.

However, Sky add that Spurs would likely only move for Ake in the case that one of either Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld depart North London.

The contracts of Tottenham’s two Belgian stoppers are set to expire at the end of the season.

Sky also add, though, that:

‘Newspaper reports claim Chelsea have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with the Cherries to be able to buy Ake back for £40m, and Manchester United are also watching his progress.’

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