Hammers insiders have dropped a big James Tarkowski transfer hint as West Ham fans wait to see if Daniel Kretinsky has an impact.

After losing Angelo Ogbonna for the season to an ACL injury and Kurt Zouma until at least February – as first reported by Hammers News – David Moyes is looking to sign a centre-back in January.

West Ham have been linked with the likes of Man City’s Nathan Ake, Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Burnley’s James Tarkowski, who is out of contract in the summer.

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It was recently claimed West Ham had already started talks with the agents of Phillips and Tarkowski.


West Ham got back to winning ways after their recent slump when they beat Watford 4-1 on Tuesday.

But Moyes’s side still looked vulnerable defensively with the manager and captain Mark Noble both admitting after the game that the Hornets caused the Hammers centre-backs problems.

In an ideal world Moyes prefers his central defenders to be experienced. With new co-owner Daniel Kretinsky on board, West Ham fans are expectant that Moyes will be backed in the January window.

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Insider drops big James Tarkowski transfer hint as West Ham fans wait to see Daniel Kretinsky impact

Now insiders Claret and Hugh have dropped a big hint over West Ham’s pursuit of Tarkowski as fans wait to see if Czech billionaire Kretinsky has an impact.

Claret and Hugh have direct links to the West Ham board. And they claim the Tarkowski deal could prove too expensive for the Hammers despite having Kretinsky’s new financial clout.

“The Hammers have been interested in the Burnley centre-back for some time and remain so as the winter window looms,” Claret and Hugh state.

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“The Irons have yet to formally decide which centre-back to pursue in January but there is an expectation that a new signing in the position will arrive.

“Tarkowski may end up being too expensive, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, and Burnley demanding around £20m for the centre-back, who has also been eyed by Newcastle. A decision will have to be made swiftly, with the window looming, and the Hammers still desperate for defensive reinforcements.”

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Sometimes you have to front up the money to land players a manager desperately wants.

If Moyes feels Tarkowski is the man he needs to build on the brilliant foundations he has laid at West Ham in the last two years then he should receive the full backing of the Hammers board to get him.

Fans will be asking what is the point of having a new investor like Kretinsky on board if it doesn’t materialise into increased financial backing for the manager and more ambition in the transfer market.

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