Cherries ponder Ake alternatives

Nathan Ake

Bournemouth have identified Preston defender Ben Davies as a potential replacement for Nathan Ake.

Ake was linked with Leicester City over the summer as the Foxes were keen to bring in a replacement for Harry Maguire but the Cherries managed to keep hold.

Bournemouth reportedly slapped a £75million asking price on Ake and that put off his suitors in the summer, but there is a chance there will be further interest either in January or at the end of the season.

Manchester City and Tottenham have been linked recently, while former club Chelsea have also been tipped to try and bring Ake back to Stamford Bridge, and Bournemouth are keeping tabs on possible replacements should the Netherlands international depart.

Davies is a key figure in the Preston defence and has been linked with a few Premier League clubs in the past.

Brighton have previously been credited with an interest in the 24-year-old, while Newcastle, Wolves and Everton have also been mentioned as potential destinations for the centre-half.

The defender is under contract at Deepdale until 2021 and it has been claimed that North End would demand a £10million fee for Davies, although they would probably raise that figure significantly were any Premier League club to come calling in the winter window given they are serious contenders for promotion at present.

Davies is known for his ability to play the ball out from the back and like Ake he is a left-footed centre half. Ake has previously played as a left-back and Davies is also comfortable filling in at full-back when required, although he is predominantly a centre-half.

Bournemouth are likely to have a number of targets as options should they receive a bid that is simply too good to turn down for Ake but Davies does look like a good fit, although Preston will be reluctant to lose their star man at the back in the winter window.