Solskjaer sends transfer message to Premier League defender

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to have signalled his interest in Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake by telling the Dutchman that Manchester United need a left-footed centre-back’ moments after our win over the Cherries.

The Norwegian is keen on strengthening his squad this summer and recruiting a new central defender is understood to be one of his priorities for the upcoming transfer window.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is highly regarded by United but Ake could potentially be a cheaper alternative if Bournemouth, who are 19th in the Premier League, are relegated at the end of the season.

After our game against Eddie Howe’s side, Solskjaer gave a few words of encouragement to the former Chelsea defender as Bournemouth’s players walked off the pitch at Old Trafford.

After bumping fists with Ake, Solskjaer told the 25-year-old: “Good luck”.

Ake replied: “Cheers, thank you”, before Solskjaer appeared to follow up with: “We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going”.

Ake still has two years remaining on his contract with Bournemouth.