Here we are again it seems the start of another James Tarkowski saga for West Ham United.
David Moyes made no secret of his desire to sign Tarkowski last summer as West Ham pushed Burnley to lower their ludicrously high valuation.
Moyes remains interested in the impressive central defender. And his need for a new centre back has become more acute after the departure of Fabian Balbuena.
Tarkowski rumours persist one year on
Last summer there were rumours northerner Tarkowski – formerly a Brentford player – did not want to move back to London.
But now the former England international is desperate to join West Ham this summer according to a report from Football Insider.
West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh also reckon the Hammers could be set to reignite their interest in the Burnley ace who now has just 12 months remaining on his current deal with the Lancashire club.
That means West Ham should be able to get him for a more reasonable fee.
Report claims Burnley star is desperate for Hammers move
But if Tarkowski really does want a move to West Ham as Football Insider claims, then he knows what he has to do – put in a transfer request.
West Ham cannot afford to go around the houses again this summer as they search for a signing that can be the club’s centre-back for the next four or five years.
After all Angelo Ogbonna – 34 next season – and Craig Dawson, who turns 33 next term, won’t be around too much longer.
All the tittle tattle in the background surrounding Tarkowski has worn thin. It’s time for the player to prove he wants the move by telling Burnley as much.
Tarkowski admitted in an interview during last season he wanted the move.
Stop all the cat and mouse, if Tarkowski wants West Ham move he knows what he has to do
And he said he would not be signing a new deal at Burnley so the club know they must sell him this summer or lose him for nothing.
“I’m not bitter about the last transfer window, what happened, happened,” Tarkowski told The Telegraph.
“I will never hold it against the club. That’s up to them, but the longer this goes on the more control I get of my own career which is what I want. I want to be able to decide where I am, where I’m going and who I’m playing for. That’s nothing against Burnley, but this is a short career and I’m not getting younger. I’m coming into my late 20s now and I want to experience as much as I can in the game before I retire.
“The last window is obviously a missed opportunity for me. If clubs can’t get the player they want then they will go elsewhere and sign someone else, but I don’t worry too much about it because I’ve got great belief in myself.”