According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham boss David Moyes was encouraged that Burnley ace James Tarkowski will want to join the Hammers after initial talks with the 27-year-old centre-back.

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The Clarets defender has emerged as West Ham’s number one target over the past week.

The Telegraph reported on Friday 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.

 

It has been rumoured that the player isn’t keen on a move to the London Stadium.

But the Daily Mail reckon that David Moyes has been encouraged that the Burnley ace is in fact keen to join West Ham, as the east London outfit line up  £30 million bid for the Englishman.

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James Tarkowski in action against West Ham (Photo by JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tarkowski would be a great signing for the Hammers.

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In 38 Premier League outings for Burnley last season, the 27-year-old averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 5.3 clearances and 1.2 blocks per game. He also won an average of 5.2 aerial duals per game (Who Scored).

Signing Tarkowski for £30 million would represent decent business for West Ham. It just remains to be seen whether Burnley will be willing to sell one of their prized assets for that fee.

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