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West Ham make Burnley’s James Tarkowski their priority target

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.

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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.

Danny Murphy once hailed him as a “super player” after an impressive performance in a victory over Everton, whilst he was a rock at the back last season, playing in every single top-flight game.

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.

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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.

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