West Ham United rule out move for transfer target James Tarkowski
West Ham United have ended their interest in Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, according to WestHamFans.org.
The Hammers, along with a number of other clubs, pursued the 28-year-old throughout the summer, but could not agree a deal with Burnley.
Tarkowski’s contract at Turf Moor expires at the end of the season and it has been revealed that he wants to leave the Lancashire club.
WestHamFans.org. claim that his next destination will not be the London Stadium, as David Moyes is no longer interested in signing the two-cap England international.
The report suggests that Tarkowski rejected a move to the club in the summer, which has convinced Moyes that he would not be the right fit for his flourishing Hammers team.
Furthermore, Burnley are keen to receive at least £10m for the defender, which West Ham view as “excessive” for a player in the last year of his contract.
Angelo Ogbonna’s anterior cruciate ligament injury, suffered against Liverpool before the international break, means that West Ham could be on the lookout for another centre-back in January.
Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson are likely to be the first choice pairing for now, while Issa Diop is a strong backup to have and has played in all four Europa League games so far this season.
It is unlikely that Tarkowski would have added anything different to those trio and Moyes is likely better off searching for a younger alternative.
There is also the suggestion that the Hammers will want and need a higher quality defender than Tarkowski, given they are fighting for a place in the top four.
This latest update could now pave the way for Newcastle United to make a move for the centre-back, who has made it clear his future does not lie at Turf Moor.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes has outlined his strategy for the next few transfer windows.