West Ham have been chasing Burnley defender James Tarkowski for the past three weeks.
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The Telegraph reported three weeks ago that the Hammers made a £27 million bid for the 27-year-old – one that the Clarets swiftly rejected.
The Evening Standard then suggested that West Ham made 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.
The Daily Mail claims that Burnley will not sell the England international for anything less than £50 million, however.
Tarkowski is undoubtedly a very good centre-back. But he is surely not worth £50 million.
There is far better value to be had in the market.
And West Ham have been linked with a double swoop for two very good players.
Double deal on the cards?
The Hammers have submitted a bid for Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, according to a report from Calcio Mercato.
Tutto Juve claims the 26-year-old Italian could be up for grabs for just £23 million.
Meanwhile, David Moyes wants to bring FC Rostov defender Dennis Hadzikadunic to the London Stadium for around £6 million, according to a report from Aftonbladet.
Rugani would clearly be a ready made signing, whilst Hadzikadunic, 22, would be an addition made with one eye on the future. And if we can get them both for just £29 million, it surely makes more sense than spending £40-50 million on Tarkowski.
The FC Rostov ace made 17 league appearances for FC Rostov last season. In those outings, he averaged one tackle, 0.8 interceptions, 2.9 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game. He also won an average of 3.9 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).
Rugani, meanwhile, made just 10 Serie A appearances for Juventus last season. In those outings, he averaged 0.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game. The 26-year-old also won an average of 3.2 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).
Bringing both players to the London Stadium would strengthen our back-line considerably. And we should be all over a double deal for the Italian and the Swede.