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West Ham ready £5 million James Tarkowski bid, insider claims
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West Ham ready £5 million James Tarkowski bid, insider claims

West Ham are ready to make a £5 million bid for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski according to club insiders Claret and Hugh.

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Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his defensive ranks at the London Stadium in January.

Kurt Zouma is out for at least another six weeks whilst Angelo Ogbonna will most likely not be back fit before the start of next season.

Moyes does have Craig Dawson and Issa Diop to call upon but with so many games coming thick and fast over the next couple of months, the addition of a top-class centre-half will be an absolute must if West Ham are to maintain our push for a top four place this season.

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One of the name’s to have been continually linked with a move to the London Stadium is Burnley ace James Tarkowski. And it seems as though the Hammers owners are ready to make their move.

West Ham ready James Tarkowski bid

According to club insiders Claret and Hugh, the East London outfit are ready to make a £4 million plus £1 million in incentives bid for the 29-year-old defender in January.

It has been claimed that Sean Dyche will demand £20 million from any club that wants to prise Tarkowski away from Turf Moor in January though (Evening Standard).

That is obviously way too much money for West Ham to be paying for a 29-year-old who is out of contract in just six month’s time.

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Tarkowski would be a superb addition for 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.

There’s no way we will pay £20 million for him though and there’s no way Burnley will sell him for just £5 million!

Perhaps £10 million would be a fairer price for both clubs. The Clarets can’t demand too much because they will just end up losing him for nothing in the summer.

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One thing’s for sure, Tarkowski would improve our defence. Quite how much West Ham will have to pay in order to bring him to the London Stadium though remains to be seen.

As things stand it seems as though £5 million is as far as we’re willing to go. And it’s highly doubtful that that will be enough to prise the 29-year-old away from Turf Moor in January.

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