West Ham United have actually bid £27 million for Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

David Gold’s embarrassing Diangana contradiction after breaking Twitter silence

That’s according to a source close to unpopular West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

The board are under intense pressure from angry West Ham fans after sanctioning the sale of academy graduate Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion (Sky Sports). The deal was reportedly worth £18million.

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Moyes can reinvest Diangana money but fans and players are furious

In a club statement announcing Diangana’s departure, West Ham insisted the money would be reinvested in signings.

David Moyes was told he would have to sell to buy this summer (Claret & Hugh).

And no sooner had the Diangana sale been announced than West Ham were reported to have bid £20m for Burnley and England defender Tarkowski (The Telegraph, Sky Sports).

At the beginning of August The Daily Mail claimed Tarkowski has a £50m release clause and will not be sold for a penny less after being linked with Leicester.

So many believe Burnley will reject West Ham’s £20m offer out of hand.

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Insider claims Tarkowski bid is actually £27m

But now Claret & Hugh’s Sean Whetstone, who has links to co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, has claimed West Ham’s bid is closer to £27m.

“James Tarkowski bid is actually £27m and not the £20m reported by the Telegraph,” Whetstone said on Twitter.

“Club have yet to receive an answer from Burnley so it hasn’t been rejected as it stands this morning.

“Moyes has plenty of other defensive targets if Burnley refuse to sell the England defender.

“After shipping 63 goals we need a strong left back plus centre back and right back cover.”

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Will they pay the fees and can toxic Hammers attract quality players?

It comes after Whetstone revealed yesterday that West Ham could sign two “major” defenders in the next 10 days.

Quite how West Ham plan on doing that if they are using all of the £27m raised to buy Tarkowski is anyone’s guess.

Perhaps the other players will be loans.

Another question is will West Ham be able to attract quality players at the moment given the toxic atmosphere at the club.

The sale of Diangana did not just upset fans. It has caused a mutiny in the West Ham ranks too, led by captain Mark Noble – read the latest here.

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