Burnley not willing to sell West Ham-linked James Tarkowski in January
West Ham transfer target James Tarkowski will not be sold by Burnley in the January transfer window, according to the Northern Echo.
The Sun reported on Saturday (27 November) that the Hammers were set to make a final £7million bid for the centre-back who they have been tracking for some time.
Tarkowski’s contract at Turf Moor runs out at the end of the season and he has rejected a new deal that would have made him the highest-paid player in Burnley’s history.
However, the Northern Echo claims that Sean Dyche is “adamant” that the 29-year-old will not leave in January, even if it means letting him go for nothing next summer (2022).
With the Clarets currently in a relegation battle, the report suggests that “Dyche feels it would be impossible to replace a player of Tarkowski’s ability” in the middle of the season.
No huge loss
It seems that David Moyes will certainly be on the lookout for a new centre-back in January, considering that Angelo Ogbonna has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Issa Diop and Craig Dawson have rotated in partnering Kurt Zouma in the Italian’s absence, but a higher quality addition is probably needed.
There is no doubt that Tarkowski would have been a good signing. Sean Dyche has described the centre-back as “top drawer” and he has been one of Burnley’s best performers throughout their time in the Premier League.
However, Moyes is unlikely to lose too much sleep on not signing a player in January who he could get for free six months later.
In the meantime, he may turn to the loan market, with The Sun suggesting that Liverpool pair Nat Phillips and Ben Davies are being considered as alternatives.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are one of a number of teams chasing this £30m-rated striker.