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Chelsea scouts have Ake warning for Lampard

Chelsea scouts have warned manager Frank Lampard off re-signing Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

The London Evening Standard says Lampard was at Chelsea as a player when Ake came through the ranks following his arrival from Feyenoord as a teenager in 2011 and has had the Dutchman extensively scouted since the season started.

But those reports have raised concerns about Ake's suitability for the Blues with Lampard harbouring doubts over whether he is the right fit for the higher defensive line he prefers to play with.

It remains possible Chelsea could yet pursue a deal for Ake given the simplicity of doing so in a typically fraught January market but the fact they are actively exploring other options is further evidence of their uncertainty over his ability.

Chelsea were quoted an asking price of £50m by Brighton for England international Lewis Dunk, who is keen on a move to west London, while they also have an eye on West Ham's Issa Diop.

Hellas Verona's Albanian defender Marash Kumbulla is also being considered.

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