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Newcastle could blow West Ham out the water in January transfer window race to sign 'brilliant' Premier League ace

Newcastle are becoming a big problem for West Ham in the January transfer window and they could be set to beat us to the signing of Burnley ace James Tarkowski.

That’s according to a report from The Sun who claim that Newcastle are now leading the race to sign the 29-year-old centre-back.

Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to sign a top-class centre-half before the January transfer window slams shut.

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Burnley ace James Tarkowski is one of the Scot’s top transfer targets according to the likes of Evening Standard, 90min and Claret and Hugh.

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants to bring the Clarets defender to St James’ Park from Turf Moor as well though. And with the Toon’s new found wealth, that will obviously be a big problem for West Ham.

West Ham could miss out on Tarkowski to Newcastle as January transfer window race heats up

The Sun reckon that Newcastle are in the box seat in the race to sign the 29-year-old Burnley man.

Burnley want around £20 million for Tarkowski according to the Evening Standard.

If the Magpies do sign Tarkowski, it would be a very big blow to the Hammers.

He is strong in the air and is a real threat from set-pieces. The 29-year-old is a tenacious tackler and his playing style is somewhat of a throwback to days gone by.

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talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist recently described the Burnley star as a ‘brilliant defender’.

With Angelo Ogbonna out for the entire season and Kurt Zouma only having returned to action on Saturday, Moyes absolutely must bring a top-class centre-half to the London Stadium before the January transfer window slams shut at the end of this month.

Tarkowski isn’t left-footed of course, but he still would be a very shrewd signing for West Ham.

However, it seems as though Newcastle have the upper hand on us, as the clock continues to tick down in the transfer window.

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