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Arsenal explore buying Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Arsenal are exploring the prospect of buying Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal are considering a permanent move to bolster their defence this month with Ake emerging as an alternative target to Jerome Boateng.

The Gunners were linked with signing the Bayern Munich defender on a loan deal this window but with Champions League qualification still a possibility, they may opt for Ake in a big-money move.

Arsenal would still prefer loan moves in January but are willing to make a permanent signing if it would help them secure Champions League qualification.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is braced for bids for Ake after his side were drawn into a relegation scrap.

As part of the deal which saw the Dutchman move to the south coast, Chelsea have an option to re-sign Ake for £40 million.

This clause expires at the end of this window which could force the Blues to move for the centre-back.

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