By Pranav Shahaney

11th Nov, 2021 | 2:40pm

James Tarkowski is keen on joining West Ham

Burnley defender James Tarkowski is reportedly keen on a move to West Ham as David Moyes is understood to be a long-term admirer.

According to The Evening Standard, Tarkowski, whose contract expires in the summer, is valued at £20million by the Clarets.

Despite Moyes liking him, it’s understood that the Hammers will not be matching that valuation in January as he’s going to be a free agent five months later.

Makes sense

Tarkowski is a solid defender who would complement Kurt Zouma perfectly, especially given Angelo Ogbonna’s ACL injury, but nobody would pay that much for him in January.

He’s been at Burnley for so long and accustomed to a certain style of play, so it’s worth taking a punt on him for free or a few million quid but not the kind of money that’s being quoted.

Burnley know that it’s unlikely he stays beyond this season, so a report like this could see them lower their valuation for him.

It makes sense for them to get something from his sale rather than letting him leave for free.

The 28-year-old is arguably in his prime and will be looking to make the step up – with the London Stadium being the ideal destination.

Keith Andrews, covering a Burnley game for Sky Sports in 2017, described him as “sensational”.

If not January, there appears to be a very good chance that the Hammers look to sign him in the summer.

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