By Noel Whelan

11th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Newcastle told Burnley will 'take the money' as Tarkowski agreement in place - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Newcastle could prise James Tarkowski away from Burnley in January if the “money is right”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old defender would “shore up” the Magpies’ leaky defence.

As reported by the Telegraph on Saturday (October 9th), Tarkowski and Burnley have a gentleman’s agreement in place which means the Clarets will not stand in the England international’s way should an appropriate offer come in.

The report claims the defender is “keen” on a move to St James’ Park.

Tarkowski’s contract at Turf Moor expires next summer.

A Saudi-backed consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley completed a £305million takeover of Newcastle on Thursday.

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The Magpies could reportedly spend in excess of £190million in the January transfer window before breaching financial fair play regulations.

Whelan suggested the Clarets would find it hard to turn down any fee for Tarkowski considering his contract situation.

“I think Burnley will take the money,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I don’t think they’d be able to hold on to him if the money was right.

“He’s been in high demand for a number of seasons now and he could help Newcastle really shore up those centre-half positions.

“There will be players coming out of contract that they’ll be looking at, or players who are surplus to requirements at bigger clubs.

“The priority at the moment is to stay in the Premier League.

“There will be signings in January, but they will have to look at longevity rather than only focusing on the short-term.”

The buyout means Newcastle’s Middle Eastern owners are now the richest in world football, with an estimated worth of £320billion.

The Magpies currently sit in the Premier League drop zone.

In other news, pundit tips Newcastle for “Ginola-like” January swoop.