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Derby target Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake

Derby County are chasing Chelsea midfielder Nathan Ake.

The Mirror says Ake is wanted by Steve McClaren's Derby on a season-long loan.

Despite being just 19 years old, the versatile Dutchman has figured in Jose Mourinho's side in pre-season games but the Rams hope he will be farmed out for regular action.

Ake has been kept at Stamford Bridge since he signed to make sure he qualifies as 'home grown' - but now he could be allowed a temporary move.

He is seen as a perfect replacement for George Thorne, who is out for the campaign with a bad knee injury

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