The Hammers’ previous bid of £30m, which included roughly £10m in add-ons, was turned down the Clarets, who have also said no to an improved offer of £31m with £25m of that to be paid up front (as per Sky Sports).
Tarkowski’s importance to the Burnley cause is illustrated by him being the only outfield player to feature for every minute of their Premier League campaign in 2019/20, along with winning more headers (5.2) and making more interceptions (1.7) and clearances (5.3) per game than anyone else in Sean Dyche’s squad. [via WhoScored]
West Ham are seemingly not alone in their admiration of the twice-capped England international – according to Lancashire Live, both Leicester and Chelsea, who finished fifth and fourth respectively last season, have been monitoring the centre-back.
Dyche recently hailed the 27-year-old as “a very talented player” and has insisted that, while every player has their price, Burnley are in a “very, very strong position” whereby they don’t need to flog key assets for less than what they feel they are worth (as per Sky Sports).
There could be an argument for Burnley being best off to take the money now, as West Ham’s reported £31m offer is nearly twice Tarkowski’s market value of £18m, as per TransferMarkt, and would make them a huge profit on the £3.6m that they spent to sign him from Brentford in 2016.
However, the Clarets’ steadfast stance shows that they will not be bullied into selling a trusted player who is among their most important performers.
Also, with Dyche having the joint-smallest squad in the league and essentially a fortnight to get in a replacement if Tarkowski is sold, it would represent an enormous gamble to cash in on him now. Therefore, Burnley are quite right to stand their ground.
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