James Tarkowski is on the radar of West Ham once again it seems.
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Claret and Hugh reported last week that the Hammers could go back in for the 28-year-old centre-back this summer.
In fact, the Independent suggested that David Moyes is desperate to bring Tarkowski to East London.
Meanwhile, Football Insider suggested that the Burnley defender is very keen to move to the London Stadium.
Claret and Hugh then claimed that Tarkowski could cost as much as £20 million this summer.
Let’s have it right though. We shouldn’t be paying anywhere near that much for the Clarets centre-back.
James Tarkowski should cost West Ham no more than £10 million
At 28, the Burnley centre-back has just one year remaining on his current deal at Turf Moor.
The Clarets surely won’t want to risk losing him for nothing in 12 months time.
And with Tarkowski himself allegedly keen to move to East London, West Ham should realistically be able to sign him for £10 million or less.
Any more than that and David Moyes should explore alternative centre-back options.
The 28-year-old is a very good defender. He has proven himself at Premier League level. And he would unquestionably be a fine addition for West Ham.
The Hammers shouldn’t panic, however. If we bide our time, and call Burnley’s bluff, the Lancashire outfit will surely realise that £10 million is a fair price for Tarkowski.
Whether Moyes is prepared to play the waiting game, however, remains to be seen.