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Transfers News: Westham and Newcastle Transfer Blow After Report Gives Update on Nathan Ake

Transfers News: Westham and Newcastle Transfer Blow After Report Gives Update on Nathan Ake
Transfers News: Westham and Newcastle Transfer Blow After Report Gives Update on Nathan Ake

In an apparent blow to both West Ham and Newcastle United’s January plans, The Athletic report that centre-back target Nathan Ake will not be allowed to leave Man City.

Both clubs have been linked with the 23-cap Netherlands international in recent times, with Eurosport claiming Ake is more interested in the prospect of joining the Hammers than the Magpies.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Nathan Ake of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds United at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

UPDATE PROVIDED ON MAN CITY’S AKE

Ake joined City for a reported £41m in August 2020.

He helped them to the Premier League title in his first season but has only ever played a bit-part role under Pep Guardiola and has played less than 800 minutes of football so far this campaign.

This led West Ham and Newcastle to believe he could be available during the upcoming transfer window. However, The Athletic reports that the Citizens won’t be considering offers for the defender next month.

It’s asserted that Ake has not specifically requested to move on and that Guardiola doesn’t want to weaken his squad.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Newcastle manager Eddie Howe chats with Pep Guardiola before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on December 19, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

TRANSFER BLOWS FOR WEST HAM AND NEWCASTLE

It’s easy to see why these two clubs were interested in 26-year-old Ake.

He’s a good age, has plenty of Premier League and international experience, is athletic and has good leadership qualities.

Current Newcastle boss Eddie Howe worked with him previously at Bournemouth, so there’s a connection there, while West Ham are in need of another left-footed centre-back with Angelo Ogbonna set to be a long-term absentee due to a serious knee injury.

Yet, it looks like both sides are now going to have to look elsewhere if they are to strengthen next month, and perhaps they’ll have more luck regarding Ake if they return in the summer.

The Dutchman is under contract until 2025, though, so he won’t be cheap.

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