Right after confirmation that Grady Diangana had left West Ham to join newly-promoted West Brom on Friday evening, news emerged that the Hammers have set their sights on James Tarkowski.
The Telegraph have claimed that David Moyes’ side have already made a bid worth around £20m for the Burnley centre-back as they prepare to spend the money that came from Diangana’s exit.
The report adds that Tarkowski is a “priority target” for Moyes, and that an opening offer for the 27-year-old has been turned down.
The Burnley powerhouse – who earns around £50k-per-week at Turf Moor – has established himself as a top central defender in the Premier League, earning a couple of caps for England along the way.
Tarkowski was crucial as the Clarets finished in the top-half of the table, even coming up with the assist for Burnley’s goal in their 1-1 draw against champions Liverpool.
The 6 foot 1 ace would bring plenty of Premier League experience to West Ham’s back-line, and would surely improve a defence that conceded a disappointing 62 goals – only the four teams that finished below them let in more.
With the new season getting underway next week, Moyes will be keen to get a deal done as soon as possible.