West Ham are now close to signing Burnley defender James Tarkowski, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

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The Hammers have been chasing the 27-year-old for a couple of weeks now.

The Telegraph reported around 10 days ago that the Hammers made a £27 million bid for Tarkowski – one that the Clarets swiftly rejected.

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James Tarkowski (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Evening Standard then suggested that West Ham are preparing an improved offer for the Burnley man.

ExWHUemployee confirmed those claims by suggesting that the east London club are prepared to bid in excess of £30 million for Tarkowski. And the Hammers insider also hinted that David Sullivan could be prepared to double the 27-year-old’s current wages.


Hammers not far away from Tarkowski?

And now the Evening Standard claims that West Ham are very close to meeting Burnley’s valuation of the England international centre-back.

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James Tarkowski (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via Getty Images)

It is suggested that the Hammers’ latest offer was £30 million including add-ons but they should be able to pick up Tarkowski if they pay £30 million up front plus add-ons.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche recently described the 27-year-old as ‘outstanding’ (Lancashire Telegaph). So he clearly won’t want to lose the Clarets ace.

Tarkowski would be an excellent option for us. But it could be argued that we should be spreading our budget out a little more.

Moyes desperately needs to sign a left-back, right-back, centre-back and centre-forward this summer. And blowing all of his budget on the Burnley ace may prove to be a mistake come the end of the season.

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