West Ham ‘will make one final effort to sign James Tarkowski for barragain fee

West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly keen on signing Burnley defender James Tarkowski and will launch a £7million bid in January.

Tarkowski will be out of contract in the summer and therefore be available on a free transfer but Moyes is keen to sign the 29-year-old during the winter transfer window and will tempt the Clarets with a bid.

According to The Sun, the Hammers will make a ‘£6m or £7m bid’ but that may not be enough as Sean Dyche is desperate to keep hold of the centre-back.

Tarkowski joined Burnley from Brentford in 2016 and has played a huge role in keeping their Premier League status – making 195 appearances during that time.

But their five-year stay in England’s top flight is in danger after picking up just one win from their opening 12 games this season.

Sean Dyche spoke about Tarkowski’s contract situation earlier in November. He said: ‘Especially in modern football, contracts are a different ball-game.

‘Twenty years ago, players signed a contract and six months later, they’re sold.

‘All I would say about James is that he’s a fantastic professional, he has been since he’s been here and he continues to be.

‘His form this season has been absolutely top drawer.’

West Ham are on the market for a centre-back after Angelo Ogbonna sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury which looks set to keep him out for the rest of the season.

If they fail in their attempt to sign Tarkowski, the Hammers have alternatives that include Liverpool pair Nat Phillips and Ben Davies.


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