West Ham & Newcastle Dealt Blow In Tarkowski Pursuit

Clarets Will Allow James Tarkowski’s Contract Expire In The Summer

According to reports in the Football insider, Burnley Football Club are planning to block West Ham United target James Tarkowski from leaving in the January transfer window and will allow the twenty-eight year olds contract to run down, leaving him available to leave Turf Moor on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

A Burnley source has advised the club are planning to dig their heels in and stop James Tarkowski from leaving in the mid-season window. That will be a blow to his suitors, who include West Ham United as well as newly-rich Newcastle United. The Clarets had hoped the defender, valued at £35m last year by Burnley, would be available for a cut-price January deal.

However, club chiefs have weighed up their options and decided it is too risky to allow Tarkowski to leave in the midst of a relegation battle. James Tarkowskiwill instead leave on a free transfer at the end of June 2022. Burnley have offered to make the defender the best-paid player in the club’s history. But the England international has turned down the offers as he has ambitions of playing for a club challenging for Europe. 

Sean Dyche’s side signed Tarkowski from Brentford in a £3.6million deal in 2016 and the centre-half has gone on to make 194 appearances for the Clarets. West Ham United boss David Moyes could enter the winter market for a centre-half after Angelo Ogbonna suffered a season-ending knee injury. However, the Hammers will likely have to wait until the summer if they want to sign James Tarkowski.

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