West Ham head coach, David Moyes, is expected to go into the transfer window in a few weeks time with the aim of finding players to bring into the side to cover key positions that either need work or depth, as the side continues to compete in Europe and will be hopeful that in January they are still in the chances of top four.
Attracting players shouldn’t be a difficult job for Moyes, as the side have showcased their talents by competing for a Champions League spot and finishing well clear at the top of the table unbeaten in their Europa League group too.
With Jesse Lingard heavily speculated to re-join the club he was loaned to at the beginning of 2021, there is also another Premier League player West Ham are interested in.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham will make one final bid of £7m for Burnley defender, James Tarkowski.
The £70k-per-week tank has been linked with a few Premier League clubs over the last 12 months and was looking likely to join the Hammers in the summer transfer window, but after a £31m bid was rejected, West Ham pulled away.
Tarkowski is out of contract in 2022, and thus, they could swoop in for the defender’s signature before he becomes available on a free transfer.
With Angelo Ogbonna recently side-lined for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, that solid experience is something that West Ham could really miss in their fight for the top four and their attempt to exceed expectations in the Europa League this season.
£7m would be a steal for Tarkowski given his experience, and his defensive qualities that have had a positive impact on Burnley’s stay in the Premier League, despite relegation battles being a frequent worry for the side.
QPR manager, Mark Warburton, once hailed the defender as “exceptional”, speaking fondly when he worked with the central defender, highlighting his fabulous range of qualities.
On the evidence above, he’d be a welcome addition and one that Moyes is surely dreaming of when you consider the type of player they’re in need of. West Ham could secure a hugely encouraging deal here with plenty of positives. They’d add a proven top-flight figure to their armoury, replace Ogbonna and not pay a huge fee for his services either.
As a result, it seems like a no brainer, but it is a move that will depend on the circumstances Burnley find themselves in closer to January. Whether they feel that taking money for him would be worth more than Tarkowski’s work in the team when it may be the difference between staying up or getting relegated is another matter.
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