West Ham United are reportedly in a two-horse race with Newcastle to sign Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to football journalist Alan Nixon who suggests that the 29-year-old defender has the choice between West Ham and Newcastle.

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Central defence is certainly an area at the London Stadium where Hammers boss David Moyes will want to strengthen in the summer.

And the same can be said of Eddie Howe at St James’ Park.

West Ham and Newcastle are battling it out for James Tarkowski in the summer transfer window
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James Tarkowski is out of contract with Burnley at the end of the season and will then be available on a free transfer.

And it seems as though the old-school defender has a choice of two clubs…

West Ham and Newcastle in race to sign Tarkowski in the summer transfer window

Football journalist Alan Nixon reckons that the Burnley centre-back has the choice between joining the Hammers or the Magpies this summer.

We think that signing the Englishman on a free transfer would be an absolute no-brainer for West Ham. And Moyes should be going all out to beat Newcastle to his signature.

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.

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

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Tarkowski would provide superb competition and cover for the likes of Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop next season.

Newcastle could really do with signing the centre-back as well.

And with their new-found wealth, whether West Ham will be able to beat Newcastle to the signing of Tarkowski in the summer transfer window remains to be seen.

The Magpies will certainly be able to offer him a more lucrative salary, that’s for sure.

And should Newcastle end up beating West Ham to the signing of Tarkowski, we think it would be a big blow for David Moyes.

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