West Ham United are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, reports The Telegraph.
Bournemouth and Southampton are also believed to be keen on Ake, who has been part of Chelsea since 2011 when he joined the club’s academy from Feyenoord.
The 22-year-old showcased his talent last season, impressing during a loan spell at Bournemouth for the first half of the campaign.
According to The Telegraph, Eddie Howe is keen to have Ake on a permanent basis at the Vitality Stadium, but the Saints and West Ham are ready to battle the Cherries.
The publication claims that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen to keep hold of the defender as he wants two players for every position, but the Dutchman is desperate for first-team football.
From West Ham’s point of view, they could do with a young and skilful player to boost the defensive line.
Ake has proven his versatility by playing as a central defender, on the left, or as a defensive midfielder.
The Dutchman’s ability to switch places can be vital if West Ham summer injuries or manager Slaven Bilic opts to alter his system.
Even if the East London outfit are only offered a loan deal, they should take it in the hope of later securing a permanent move.
From Ake’s perspective, he is keen to play regular football, and West Ham will put themselves in a strong position if they can offer that.
Chelsea may have recalled the defender midway through last season, but he played just twice in the Premier League and made three FA Cup outings after returning to Stamford Bridge.