By Saikat Mandal

19th Nov, 2021 | 11:10am

Sean Dyche addresses James Tarkowski speculation amid West Ham transfer talks

West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has dismissed transfer speculation surrounding the 29-year-old who has a contract at the club till the end of the season.

The Evening Standard claimed earlier this month that Tarkowski is keen to join West Ham, either in January or next summer.

Dyche has addressed the speculation at a press conference ahead of Burnley’s game against Crystal Palace. It seemed like he is pretty relaxed with the situation.

He said to The Athletic: “Especially in modern football, contracts are a different ball-game. Twenty years ago players signed a contract and six months later, they’re sold.

“All I would say about James is that he’s a fantastic professional, he has been since he’s been here and he continues to be. His form this season has been absolutely top drawer.”

Good signing for the Hammers?

West Ham need to sign a defender in January following the injury to Angelo Ogbonna and Tarkowski would be a good option.

The two-time England international has been brilliant this season. Tarkowski scored in the opening day fixture against Brighton and also captained the side in Mee’s absence.

West Ham are his long-term admirers, and it remains to be seen whether we would make a concrete move for him in January.

Burnley are demanding a fee in the region of £20m, which the Hammers are unwilling to pay. However, in January, if he is available at around £10-12million, he could be a good signing.

West Ham are third in the table after beating Liverpool 3-2 in their last game. They face Wolves on Saturday in the Premier League after the international break.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have been handed a boost to complete January signing after a recent update

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