By Will Butcher
West Ham are eyeing a move for Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, despite him only just being recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth early, according to a report.
Bleacher Report claim that the Hammers want another short-term loan deal for the 21-year-old defender, and will make a move if there’s any sign from Chelsea that they would consider letting him out again.
Ake’s return to Stamford Bridge suggested that he would be given a chance in the league leaders’ first team after a wonderful run of form with Eddie Howe’s Cherries.
Scoring three times in 12 league and cup encounters from centre-back, Ake also played a pivotal part in helping his loan side keep three clean sheets and win five times.
However, the 22-time Holland Under-21 international was left out of Conte’s 18-man squad to face Premier League champions Leicester on Saturday, which the Blues won comfortably 3-0.
Now, the Hammers are keen to take Ake on his second short-term loan of the season as Slaven Bilic looks to bolster his options with proven Premier League experience.
Football Insider verdict:
After a number of questionable signings from overseas in the summer, signing a player that is in good form in the Premier League could significantly improve the Hammers as they look to continue their resurgence up the table. Able to play in a number of different positions such as left-back and holding midfield as well as his preferred centre-back role, Ake could provide the Hammers with much-needed cover in a number of positions. It’s extremely doubtful whether Chelsea would be willing to let him leave though. Why would they cut short a successful spell at Bournemouth only to immediately send him out to another Premier League club? Even in the madness of a Premier League transfer window, that makes no sense at all.
In other West Ham transfer news, this loan-to-buy deal has been put on hold until the future of Dimitri Payet is sorted.