By Noel Whelan

18th Jun, 2021 | 4:20pm

Ex-striker convinced Tarkowski will thrive at West Ham as source reveals he's 'very keen' to join

Noel Whelan is backing James Tarkowski to be a West Ham success if he moves to the London Stadium this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the lastest on the defender’s future.

Football Insider revealed on 14 June that the centre-half is “very keen” to join West Ham this summer as he looks to quit the Clarets.

On 26 March, this site revealed the Irons have made the capture of a top-class centre-back a priority in this window and chairman David Sullivan has set aside “huge” funds to sign him.

Tarkowski, 28, is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract at Turf Moor and the Hammers want to capitalise.

When asked if Tarkowski would make West Ham stronger immediately, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “Yeah, absolutely.

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“Last season there was interest but the money situation and the pandemic meant it was too much for them to stretch to.

“It’s not the first time they have been interested in him. He’s a very good defender.

“He’s so experienced and aggressive at the back. One of those leaders every team needs.

“I have no doubt he’ll be a success. Once again Moyes is going British. Most of the players he’s brought in have been British.

“He knows what he’s getting. They have the ability to go through rough times and come out the other side.

“He’s building a solid foundation at West Ham and he wants Tarkowski to be part of that.

“It’s an ideal signing to make if West Ham want to push on and keep challenging.”

Tarkowski made 36 Premier League appearances last season as Burnley once again avoided the drop.

He joined the club in 2016 and has so far made 182 appearances.

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