West Ham United are still interested in signing Burnley defender James Tarkowski, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.
The Lowdown: West Ham’s previous interest
The Hammers have a long-standing interest in the 29-year-old. According to The Guardian, West Ham had multiple bids rejected by Burnley for the defender in summer 2020. It is reported that the east London club’s final offer amounted to a staggering £30m.
The Latest: Brown’s claim on Tarkowski…
Brown believes that there is a ‘huge possibility’ that the defender could join David Moyes’ squad on a free transfer in the summer.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, he claimed: “I don’t think the Tarkowski interest [from West Ham] has gone away. Obviously, they could be in another division and forced to sell in the summer. I think there’s a huge possibility that that deal could still happen.”
The Verdict: Good prospective signing
Once labelled by his Burnley boss Sean Dyche as “outstanding”, Tarkowski would certainly appear to be a great addition to Moyes’ West Ham squad, given the club’s struggles with availability in the centre-back position over the course of this season.
According to FBRef, the 29-year-old ranks in the 99th percentile for blocks, clearances and aerial duels won among defenders in Europe’s top five leagues, illustrating his no-nonsense nature as a defender.
Therefore, with this phenomenal quality available on a free transfer, GSB securing Tarkowski could prove to be an amazing piece of business for the Hammers if it gets done.
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