By Ben Brown

4th May, 2022 | 6:40am

West Ham could still move for James Tarkowski says journalist

Reputable journalist Paul Brown has not ruled out West Ham trying to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski in the summer.

The Irons had previously been linked with the England international in January but ultimately no deal was struck with the Clarets as they battle to avoid Premier League relegation.

But with Tarkowski, 29, set to leave Turf Moor on a free when his contract expires in the summer, Brown believes the Hammers could still look at sealing a bargain buy.

“What happens at the bottom could be quite interesting because I wouldn’t be surprised if West Ham go back in for Tarkowski,” he said speaking to GIVEMESPORT (3 May).

“He’s more of a left-sided centre-back than Michael Keane.”

Reinforcements Needed

It’s been a problem position for West Ham all season and the injury pile-up has given David Moyes a real headache as the campaign reaches crunch time.

Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop have been long term absentees whereas Kurt Zouma only recently returned from a problem of his own.

The squad clearly needs a refresh in the defensive department, particularly if they are to provide another similarly remarkable run into the latter stages of European competition.

The finances which some of the teams at that level compete with mean Moyes could have to look at streetwise alternatives to bring his team up to standard and in that regard Tarkowski certainly fits the bill.

The Scot did it for years at Everton to get the Toffees punching above their weight so he seems the perfect figure for the West Ham hierarchy to trust to do it again.

In other West Ham news, Juventus are reportedly keeping tabs on this Hammers star.

Be sure to follow West Ham Zone on Facebook for 24/7 updates on the Hammers plus more exclusive interviews with Frank McAvennie.