According to Sky Sports, one of the key factors driving Tottenham Hotspur's interest in Bournemouth star Nathan Ake is his homegrown status.
Tottenham didn't bring in any new signings over the summer, and it's therefore expected that Mauricio Pochettino will be given the green light to spend in January.
A new defender may be wanted given questions over Toby Alderweireld's future, but it also seems that Spurs are making plans for Jan Vertonghen's heir too.
Vertonghen turns 32 before the end of the season and will only have 18 months left on his contract in January, with another left-footed, ball-playing defender now on Pochettino's radar.
Sky Sports report that Tottenham are very keen on Bournemouth's Ake for that role, with the Spurs recruitment staff feeling that he 'ticks a number of boxes'.
One key reason is that Ake – despite being Dutch – counts as a homegrown player, having left Feyenoord for Chelsea at the age of 16 and spent his formative years with the Blues.
Tottenham are short of homegrown players and need to rectify that situation in 2019, with Ake now being pushed for to help solve that problem and eventually succeed Vertonghen in Pochettino's back line.
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