West Ham has their £30m bid rejected by Burnley for James Tarkowski as they look to secure a deal before the summer window closes.
The Hammers are looking to bolster their defence as they seek to plug all the holes at the back that leaked in 62 goals last season. They were one of six teams to concede 60 plus goals in the Premier League last term.
Complements to their weak defence, West Ham struggled for positive results fighting to beat the drop till the final days of the competition. Thanks to a brilliant switch made by the reappointed David Moyes, they stay to fight another day.
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Moving Michail Antonio to striker ultimately led to the London club keeping their place in the top flight but they ended the season in a poor 16th place. They were not saving their league campaign by sitting back so Moyes had to adjust things at the top end of the pitch.
Now to solve the problems in defence, West Ham wants to add Burnley’s James Tarkowski to the starting XI at the London Stadium.
Burnley have rejected a second bid from West Ham for defender James Tarkowski.
The Hammers had a bid of £20m plus £10m in add-ons or £23m up front for the England international turned down earlier this week – but came back within the last 24 hours with an improved offer.
However, the increased bid of £30m still falls well short of Burnley’s asking price, which is believed to be in the region of £50m. (Via: Sky Sports)
The central figure has become a hot prospect for a host of Premier League clubs with Leicester City said to be monitoring the situation and keeping close tabs on him. The Hammers have had two bids rejected, one early week and now more recently on Thursday night.
The first bid was a reported £20m including some add-ons or the full sum of £23m all upfront. They are way below the Clarets’ asking price and valuation of the centre back. They want something closer to £50m despite the transfer market being crippled post-pandemic.
Tarkowski along with his Burnley teammates managed to end in the top half of the Premier League standings, thanks to one of the most stubborn defences outside of the top six. Nick Pope and James proved to be a lethal combo and nightmare to compete with.