West Ham United are set to revisit their interest in James Tarkowski, according to a very reliable source…
The anonymous ExWHUemployee claimed that David Moyes has three names atop his centre-back wish list for the summer transfer window, in which the Burnley colossus features as one.
Speaking on a recent episode of ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast, he said: “Our centre-back targets will be very similar to what they were last year. So you’re talking [Duje] Caleta-Car of Marseille, [Nikola] Maksimovic of Napoli, James Tarkowski of Burnley. There are other names by I think they would be the main ones.”
A new central defensive option may not sit high on the priorities for the Irons this summer, but if the door opened for Moyes to swoop for Tarkowski, then the club should absolutely back him.
We’ve seen in recent windows that the Scotsman can get it absolutely spot on with his targets, with the likes of Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and Jesse Lingard as prime examples.
All three should be in contention for the Hammers’ Player of the Year award as they all played a pivotal role in guiding the club from relegation candidates to qualifying for the Europa League by acheving their best top-flight finish since 1999.
Tarkowski would be a quality addition to a backline which in some ways flatters to deceive. Not many of West Ham’s centre-backs would walk into many teams above them in the table – it’s only really Angelo Ogbonna (once of Juventus) for whom you could potentially make a case.
Moyes is also losing the services of Fabian Balbuena, whilst there are many concerns over Issa Diop, so much so that Aaron Cresswell is often deployed in a back three over him.
Tarkowski also won 4.7 aerial duels and made 1.8 tackles and 4.4 clearances per outing in the league this season, which again outranks every single one of Moyes’ current central options.
As evident above, he would be an instant upgrade at the London Stadium, so Moyes could well be onto a winner if he is is able to secure the 28-year-old.