West Ham United have conceded 43 goals in 33 Premier League games so far this season, leaving only Leicester City (50) and Manchester United (44) having conceded more in the top half of the league table.
With the next summer transfer window on the horizon, this could give the east London club a chance to strengthen their squad at the back and make them tougher to score against moving forward.
If this ends up being an area GSB look to do some business in once the window opens, one player that could fit the bill for what they need is one that they previously tried to sign but were unsuccessful is James Tarkowski.
Back in the 2020 summer transfer window, the Hammers were heavily linked with a move for the Burnley centre-back but were not able to take him away from Turf Moor.
However, with the Lancashire club having sacked Sean Dyche recently and being in danger of getting relegated, this summer could be the opportune time for the east London club to reignite their interest in the defender and actually work out a deal for him this time around.
To highlight what a capable defender the Englishman is, no other Burnley player has managed to make more tackles, blocks, clearances or interceptions than Tarkowski.
In addition to this, he is currently listed as the highest-rated player at the club with an overall performance rating of 7.03/10 from WhoScored.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why Burnley journalist Andy Jones described the centre-back as “sensational” last month.
Having also been labelled as being “solid as a rock” for Burnley by Alex James back in 2019, this shows the consistency Tarkowski has delivered in his performances over the years and why the Hammers were after him in 2020.
Moving forward, if Burnley do end up getting relegated to the Championship at the end of this season, GSB should definitely be ready to pounce on a potential deal that would finally see the £70k-per-week machine make a move to the London Stadium.