There has been a notable development in the transfer saga surrounding James Tarkowski‘s potential exit from Burnley.
Football Insider reported that the Clarets have lowered their asking price for the defender to £35m, having this week rejected a £28m bid from West Ham, who along with Leicester are keen on the 27-year-old.
That reflects a significant comedown on the £50m price tag which Burnley had initially applied to the England international, as per the Daily Mail, with the Daily Star stating that the Turf Moor outfit are ‘strapped for cash’.
Tellingly, Football Insider claimed that Tarkowski has his sights set on a move to West Ham, who he perceives to be a more ambitious club despite finishing six places and 15 points behind Burnley in last season’s Premier League.
The report added that the 27-year-old wants to establish himself at international level – the Hammers have the same number of players as Burnley in Gareth Southgate’s current England squad – with the London club set to offer him a substantial increase on the £50,000-a-week that he is currently earning at Turf Moor.
Tarkowski turns 28 in November and has been with the Clarets since February 2016, so perhaps he feels that the time is right for a new challenge now that he is in the peak years of his career. His ever-present status in the 2019/20 Premier League suggests that he may be at the height of his game now, with the defender very much proven at top-flight level.
With Sean Dyche clearly having huge faith in Tarkowski by starting him in every league match last season and handing him 143 appearances for the club, the Burnley manager will naturally be reluctant to lose one of his most trusted stalwarts.
However, the Clarets’ significant shift in their asking price for the defender hints that they may be willing to do business, especially given his reported interest in a move away from Lancashire, while West Ham need only to add £7m to their previous offer to meet Burnley’s revised valuation.
Should Burnley accept £35m for James Tarkowski?
Yes, get it over with
No, he's too important
These latest developments in the Tarkowski transfer tale hint that the Turf Moor outfit could be getting closer to agreeing a parting of ways with the 27-year-old – but then comes the task of finding a centre-back who can adequately fill the vacancy that he would leave in Dyche’s line-up.
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