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West Ham eye move to sign 29-year-old defender for absolute bargain in the summer transfer window

West Ham allegedly could try to sign Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski on a free transfer in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor, who spoke exclusively to Give Me Sport.

Hammers manager David Moyes tried, and failed, to bring a top-class central defender to the London Stadium during the January transfer window.

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With Angelo Ogbonna out for the season with an ACL injury and Kurt Zouma falling awkwardly during our FA Cup clash with Kidderminster yesterday, there will be questions asked regarding the wisdom behind bringing nobody in.

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One player to have been consistently linked with a move to West Ham over the past 18 months or so is Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski (90min, Evening Standard and Claret and Hugh).

In fact, Claret and Hugh claimed that Moyes was ready to make a £5 million bid for the 29-year-old in the January transfer window. That obviously didn’t happen but it appears as though the Scot could make another move for the 29-year-old defender.

It’s no surprise to be honest. Tarkowski has everything that Moyes looks for in a defender and the board will be keen on the deal because he will be a free agent in a few month’s time.

West Ham eyeing summer transfer window Tarkowski swoop

That’s according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor who told Give Me Sport:

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“All signs pointed towards him staying to the end of the season, then West Ham could enter the fray.”

Tarkowski would be a strong addition for the Hammers, especially on a free transfer.

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’.

Tarkowski would be a huge upgrade on Issa Diop and would strengthen Moyes’s central defensive ranks considerably.

Signing the Burnley ace on a free would then free up funds for the Scot to strengthen other areas of his squad at the London Stadium.

This one just seems like an absolute no-brainer all around. Whether West Ham will face competition from other clubs for Tarkowski’s signature, however, remains to be seen.

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