Frank McAvennie is adamant that West Ham should splash the cash on James Tarkowski despite Burnley having slapped a hefty price tag on the defender.

The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 27-year-old would be an “ideal signing” for David Moyes side this summer.

This site revealed on Monday that the Hammers had submitted a £28million bid for the centre-half which was rejected by Burnley.

Football Insider understands that Sean Dyche’s side want £35million for the England international with Leicester City also interested.

Tarkowski, who did not miss a minute of Premier League action in the 2019/20 campaign, has two years remaining on his contract at Turf Moor.

When asked by Football Insider if the former Brentford man would be a welcome addition at the London Stadium, McAvennie said: “They need a centre-back like Tarkowski.

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“He is a very good player and would be a perfect signing.

“When you look at some of the players that have gone for £80million like Maguire, Tarkowski is worth £50million. I do not know why they are arguing over the price, just do and get him. David Moyes wants his own players in.

“He is what I like, an old fashioned centre-half who can go and win the ball. That is what West Ham need, a bit of a Shane Duffy if you like. If they can get somebody that can go and win it there are players around him like Diop that can go and play. Tarkowski likes the physicality of the game.

“I do not think they will get the boy Tarkowski though. The last few years West Ham have been fighting for relegation and Burnley are mid table all the time.”

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