West Ham keen on £20m titan David Moyes ‘admires’, but there’s a big problem
West Ham are reportedly still keen on Burnley defender James Tarkowski. However, the Irons don’t want to meet the Clarets’ £20m valuation for the centre-back.
According to the Evening Standard, the Hammers are interested in Tarkowski. With David Moyes said to ‘admire’ the England international. But, Burnley’s £20m price tag for the 28-year-old is too high for West Ham.
With Tarkowski’s contract expiring next summer, it makes sense why West Ham are reluctant to pay £20m for the Burnley star. But, with Angelo Ogbonna set to miss a good chunk of the season due to an ACL injury, the east London side’s hand might be forced.
As per the report, January was planned to be a quiet window for West Ham. With a backup striker and a potential approach for Jesse Lingard the only moves on the cards for Moyes’ side.
However, Ogbonna’s injury could see the UEFA Europa League side dip into the market for a centre-back. With Tarkowski seemingly the player West Ham are paying the most attention to heading into January.
Indeed, with the Hammers once again eyeing a European finish, a defender is of the utmost importance heading into the second half of the season. Whilst West Ham have options in Issa Diop and Craig Dawson, another quality centre-back will be needed.
West Ham should aim to lower Tarkowski’s asking price
With the Burnley defender looking likely to leave the Lancashire side in 2022, West Ham could do with trying to haggle with Sean Dyche’s side for Tarkowski in January. With the 28-year-old a perfect player to replace Ogbonna.
Indeed, with West Ham through to the next round of the Europa League already, Tarkowski would be willing to move to the east London side to compete in Europe. And with Moyes side continuing to rise, the defender will likely be up for being a part of the project.