While the former Scotland international hopes that the Irons can bring Tarkowski to London Stadium, he is not wholly confident that the 27-year-old will opt for what, according to the Premier League table, could be considered a backwards step.
McAvennie told Football Insider: “They need a centre-back like Tarkowski. He is a very good player and would be a perfect signing.
“When you look at some of the players that have gone for £80million like Maguire, Tarkowski is worth £50million. I do not know why they are arguing over the price, just do and get him. David Moyes wants his own players in.
“He is what I like, an old fashioned centre-half who can go and win the ball. That is what West Ham need, a bit of a Shane Duffy if you like. If they can get somebody that can go and win it there are players around him like Diop that can go and play. Tarkowski likes the physicality of the game.
“I do not think they will get the boy Tarkowski though. The last few years West Ham have been fighting for relegation and Burnley are mid table all the time.”
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It is not hard to see why McAvennie has implored West Ham to splash out on Tarkowski, who was an ever-present figure in a Burnley defence which conceded 12 goals fewer than the Irons in last season’s Premier League.
The 27-year-old won more headers (5.2) and made more clearances per game (5.3) than any centre-back in Moyes’ squad, while only Declan Rice (two) bettered his match average of 1.7 interceptions among the Hammers’ ranks.
McAvennie also makes a valid points about the clubs’ respective league finishes. Burnley ended six places and 15 points higher than West Ham last term, while Sean Dyche’s men were six places and 12 points better off than the east London outfit in 2017/18.
The Manchester native could certainly strengthen West Ham’s defence and Burnley know that he would be a tremendous loss to Dyche’s squad if he goes to the capital. It remains to be seen for how long the Clarets can keep their resolve and their centre-back.
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