By Darren Bent

20th Sep, 2020 | 10:00am

Exclusive: Bent makes £30m+ West Ham transfer claim as bid readied

Darren Bent insists West Ham should not pay much more than £30million if they are to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker believes the Irons should walk away if the Clarets hold out for a £35million-plus fee.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, the Hammers were set to launch a new £30million bid for the 27-year-old after they failed with a £28million and £30million offer.

The Burnley man is one of David Moyes’ top targets and is understood to be receptive to a move to the London Stadium.

However, Bent insists the east Londoners should not be paying over the odds for the centre-back and suggests they should move on if they fail with a new bid.

Bent told Football Insider: “Listen, he’s got pedigree, he knows how to defend, he’s very, very good.

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“He takes pride in his defending and I think around £30million is a fair price, to be fair. If they start talking around £35-40million then I’d probably say no but for him, I would definitely have a couple more bids.

“At some stage, West Ham need to move on.” 

Tarkowski has 123 Premier League appearances under his belt to date, while he also has two England caps to his name.

Moyes started the season playing Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna at centre-back as the Irons slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.

In other West Ham news, Alex McLeish has questioned what is happening behind the scenes at the London Stadium after big transfer deal done.