Speaking to Football Insider, in reaction to news that West Ham United are now eyeing Burnley defender James Tarkowski, Kevin Campbell has dropped a rather positive verdict.
The Lowdown: Irons want new centre-half…
As explained by club insider Claret & Hugh, West Ham United are on the hunt for a capable defender who can reinforce their backline as manager David Moyes sets out three transfer priorities for this summer.
Indeed, it is reported that he wants a new centre-back as well as a world class centre-forward – with a permanent deal for 2020/2021 loan sensation Jesse Lingard also on the agenda (C&H).
Football Insider revealed recently that West Ham have registered their interest in signing Tarkowski this summer and it is believed that he is ‘very keen’ to join the club.
The Latest: Campbell drops excited reaction…
Speaking to Football Insider, in reaction to the development, Premier League pundit Campbell has dropped an excited reaction and believes it is on the cards.
“I think that one is probably set in stone,” he explained.
“Moyes will strengthen that West Ham backline. He knows if he wants to stay up in those European spaces that he needs to get his defence right.
“I think it was the defence which let them down towards the end of last season because in a number of games they were free-scoring. They look fantastic in attack but they conceded silly goals in big moments. The Arsenal game is a prime example.
“Tarkowski would be a great signing and I think the time has come for him to leave Burnley. He would be a stabilising force back there for West Ham.”
The Verdict: Time is now?
West Ham arguably do need a new defender, especially with Fabian Balbuena set to depart the club on June 30, and Tarkowski could finally be attainable this summer.
Burnley rejected numerous bids from the Irons last year for him but a complicated situation in Lancashire may present West Ham with an opportunity.
The 28-year-old’s desire to leave Turf Moor this summer and the fact Tarkowski only has one year remaining on his current deal could now open the door for West Ham to make a move.
The Clarets could arguably be forced to sell at a cut price given his contract situation and West Ham should certainly pounce if that becomes the case.
Of course, in terms of price, they will also need to be cunning in a difficult market with other targets in mind.
In other news: West Ham now frontrunners to sign ‘top class’ £115,000-per-week ace for Moyes, find out more here.
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