By Sam Stone

13th May, 2022 | 2:05pm

West Ham United to end interest in James Tarkowski with Newcastle United to blow Hammers out of water

West Ham United are set to end their interest in James Tarkowski with the Hammers expecting the Burnley defender to join Newcastle, as reported by The Mirror on 13 May.

The newspaper claims that Tarkowski, 29, is set to finally leave Turf Moor this summer when his contract expires and Newcastle are set to secure his signature.

Tarkowski has been at Burnley since 2016 and has been capped twice by England during his tenure at Turf Moor.

Newcastle would be able to offer Tarkowski a generous wage increase, compared to what he was earning at Burnley.

Better elsewhere

The Hammers shouldn’t be too disheartened to miss out on a long term target.

Tarkowski is 29 and certainly won’t develop any further during his career and whilst he would be a good signing on a free, the Irons shouldn’t overpay on his wages.

If Tarkowski does head to St James’ Park, he will undoubtedly be receiving a higher wage than what West Ham could’ve offered him.

West Ham pulling out of the race indicates that David Moyes doesn’t want to wait around in a bidding war for a player.

The Irons will be better off waiting and paying a transfer fee for a younger centre-half, on lower wages, who could potentially develop further.

What is clear, is that central defence should be at the top of Moyes’ priorities this summer.

Too many times this season the Hammers have relied solely on Craig Dawson to perform with out-of-position players around him.

Two solid additions in central defence would ease the Irons’ defensive woes.

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