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Frank McAvennie has urged West Ham to hand David Moyes £30million to spend on two new defenders after they withdrew their interest in Burnley’s James Tarkowski. 

The former Irons and Celtic legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed Moyes has “a good eye” for transfers on reflection of his dealings in the January window.

This site revealed on Monday that the London club had ended their interest in Tarkowski, 27, after a series of bids for the England international were rejected by the Clarets.

The Hammers are unwilling to bid more than £30million for the centre-half who has entered the final two years of his contract at Turf Moor.

The Telegraph report that attentions have been turned to Arsenal defender Callum Chambers with a £12million permanent deal or season-long loan both options.

When asked by Football Insider what the club’s next move should be having seemingly missed out on Tarkowski, McAvennie said:

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“There are lots of good defenders out there that West Ham can get for half of that.

“David Moyes has got a good eye. He brought in Bowen and Soucek so there is a good eye there.

“The last offer was £30million. Give that to David and say, ‘Go and spend it on players.’ Then he can go and get a left-back and a centre-half. We’ve got a couple of weeks left.”

The Irons signed Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek in the January transfer window and both have established themselves as regulars at the London Stadium.

Speaking after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Arsenal, Moyes said: “Ultimately I would like to sign three or four players, but I totally understand we are not in a financial position to do so.”

In other West Ham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that David Moyes will be “kicking himself” after Celtic transfer decision.