Nathan Ake is the subject of interest from Bournemouth
Sky Sports claim the Cherries submitted a last minute £18m bid for the defender prior to the deadline closing at 11pm.
But Howe insists that wasn't the case
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"We've had discussions with Chelsea,” Howe said.
“The bid that was reported in the media is miles off the mark, but we've inquired about the opportunity to bring him back here, either on loan or permanently, and it was declined."
Ake was on loan with the Cherries at the start of the season by Anttoni Conte ended his spell on the south coast early.
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