'I played with him...Outstanding' - Exclusive: Robinson reacts to mammoth West Ham bid
Paul Robinson is adamant that James Tarkowski would be a “fantastic signing” for David Moyes after Burnley rejected a big-money offer for the defender from West Ham.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that it would take a “sizeable bid” to tempt Sean Dyche’s side into sanctioning the sale of the 27-year-old.
This site revealed on Monday that the Hammers had submitted a £28million offer for the centre-half which was knocked back by the Clarets.
Football Insider understands that Sean Dyche’s side have slapped a £35million price tag on the England international who is also a Leicester City target this summer.
Burnley valued the centre-back at £50million earlier this calendar year but the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic have seen that figure lowered.
Robinson, who played with Tarkowski while at Turf Moor between 2016-17, heaped praise on his former teammate.
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“I played with Tarky at Burnley – an outstanding defender,” he told Football Insider.
“He reads the game very well, fantastic in the air and is surprisingly quick for a big centre-half.
“It is going to take a very sizeable bid to get him away from Burnley because I know how highly thought of he is there, I know how much Sean Dyche likes him.
“They have had problems there with Ben Gibson and if Tarkowski was to go, it would leave them short in that area. But money talks and if the bid is big enough he may be sold.
“It would be a fantastic signing for West Ham should they pull it off.”
— Ben Gibson (@bengibson1993) September 5, 2020
Burnley centre-half Ben Gibson left the club earlier this month after he joined Norwich City on a season-long loan deal.
Tarkowski did not miss a minute of Premier League action for Sean Dyche’s side last season and kept 15 clean sheets.
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie names the two players the club should have sold over Grady Diangana.