James Tarkowski Close to King Power Stadium Move
Leicester City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Clarets defender James Tarkowski as the Foxes look to make a new bid of £37M before the transfer deadline. Burnley are believed to be prepared to sell the defender to their Premier League rivals for £37million.
The Foxes have turned their attentions to Tarkowski for the second consecutive summer after becoming frustrated in their pursuit of St Etienne defender Wesley Fofana. Leicester City’s initial bid of about £30m plus add-ons was rejected last week but the new deal of £37m would be enough to do the deal.
Burnley are currently in takeover talks with American group ALK Capital. West Ham had also shown interest in the 27-year-old. James Tarkowski is thought to be keen to join Leicester City, who have made a superb start to the season to move top of the Premier League table thanks to Sunday’s 5-2 win at Manchester City.
Brendan Rodgers has made a centre-back his priority since sealing the signings of full back Timothy Castagne and on-loan Roma winger Cengiz Under. The need for reinforcements has increased after Wilfred Ndidi who had been playing as a makeshift centre-back suffered a thigh problem that will keep him out for twelve weeks, while Jonny Evans complained of a tight calf at the Etihad Stadium.
Leicester pursued Tarkowski strongly last summer after selling Harry Maguire to Manchester United, but Burnley stood firm, allowing Caglar Soyuncu to establish himself alongside Evans at the back. Rodgers revealed last week that he had targeted five new signings to keep Leicester progressing this term. With Castagne and Under already arrived, he is looking for further options in central midfield and attack, as well as in central defence. Jonathan Tah, of Bayer Leverkusen, remains on Leicester’s list if the move for Tarkowski is not successful.