Darren Bent claims that Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake would be a “great signing” for Tottenham as the north Londoners track the Cherries star over a potential transfer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker says that the 24-year-old centre-back has got everything to make a success of himself under Jose Mourinho but that he could cost a hefty fee.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Lilywhites are already tracking Ake and will continue to watch his development with regular scouting missions on the south coast.

Bent says that it was cost a “crazy” amount of money to get the Dutchman, who is considered a homegrown player after coming through at Chelsea, but that a reunion with Mourinho could be a superb signing for Spurs.

Bent told Football Insider: “He’s quick, good in the air, strong, able to pass it and for a couple of years now he’s been arguably one of the centre-backs in the Premier League. I think his price tag’s quite big, £40-50million, something crazy.

“It’s going to be that, look at Harry Maguire, he’s got a hell of a fee but he’s not pulling up trees, he’s not changed lives there at Manchester United. I can understand why the price tag for Nathan Ake would be so high.

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“I think it would be a great signing for Spurs, if they can go and get him, I think he’s young enough as well, he’s a good defender but he can also play. It doesn’t surprise me (Spurs are interested), it does surprise there haven’t been more teams in for him.” 

Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett claimed over the summer transfer window that Leicester City were priced out of a move for Ake, Bournemouth said to be asking for a fee in the region of £75million.

The centre-back made six appearances at Chelsea when Mourinho was in charge, while he now has 130 Premier League appearances and 11 international caps under his belt.

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