Manchester City are unlikely to allow centre-back Nathan Ake to leave the club in the January transfer window, amid recent reports linking the Dutchman with a move to West Ham United.
That is according to a report by The Athletic who claim that City will not consider accepting offers for the defender next month, despite mounting interest.
Ake, who joined City from AFC Bournemouth in August 2020, following the Cherries' relegation to the Championship, has struggled for regular opportunities so far this season, making just 11 appearances in all competitions.
Of those 11 appearances, only six of them have come in the Premier League, meaning the former Chelsea man is bound to be feeling a tad frustrated about his lack of game time this term.
With opportunities proving to be limited, it is reported that Ake has become the source of interest from West Ham, with the Londoners looking to add a left-footed centre-back to their ranks ahead of the second half of the season.
However, despite Pep Guardiola having no shortage of options available to him at centre-back, the former Bayern Munich chief wants to retain Ake's services, with him offering a wide range of qualities, including the ability to slot in at full-back if required.
The 26-year-old is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025, meaning City are in no position to be forced into a sale.
Meanwhile, City have turned down a loan offer from Newcastle United to sign highly-rated youngster Cole Palmer, a report by The Athletic states.
Palmer, who has risen through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium, is considered as one of the most exciting prospects looking to become a mainstay in Guardiola's plans moving forward.
This season, the attacking-midfielder, who can also play further forward if needed to, has racked up ten appearances, chipping in with two goals, including one in the UEFA Champions League against Club Brugge.
Having shown glimpses of just how much talent there is within his locker, Newcastle are said to have expressed an interest in Palmer and looked into the prospect of signing him on loan in January for the remainder of the season.
However, the Magpies' attempt to lure the youngster to St James' Park was, according to the report, swiftly knocked back by City, with it claimed that he is set to become a key part of Guardiola's thinking in the coming months.