By Wayne Veysey

14th Jun, 2021 | 9:02am

Sources: Tarkowski ‘very keen’ to join West Ham as Burnley in talks to land replacement

James Tarkowski is keen to quit Burnley for West Ham this summer, Football Insider understands.

The Hammers have registered their interest in a fresh move for the centre-back, 28, after failing to land him last year.

A recruitment source has told Football insider that former Brentford star Tarkowski is eager to join West Ham and would jump at the chance to return to London.

The Irons submitted a series of bids rising to £30million for the defender last year but Burnley held firm.

However, they are working on securing a replacement for Tarkowski and are in talks to sign Stoke City’s Nathan Collins.

Tarkowski’s Turf Moor contract is due to expire in the summer of 2022.

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This site revealed on 26th March that the Irons have made the capture of a top-level centre-back a priority this summer.

On Saturday (12th June), Football Insider revealed the club have a concrete interest in Tarkowski and are ready to pursue a deal.

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.

West Ham released Fabian Balbuena at the end of the season despite him making 14 appearances for David Moyes’ side last term.

One centre back has already joined the club this summer with the Hammers signing Craig Dawson after his loan move from Watford.

Collins, 20, made 22 appearances for the Potters last season as the club finished in the bottom half of the Championship.

West Ham are preparing for an assault on the Europa League after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

In other news, multiple new arrivals expected at West Ham after GSB give Moyes the green light.