Perfect - Exclusive: Top pundit reacts as price for top West Ham target tumbles by £15m
West Ham will struggle to prise Burnley defender James Tarkowski away from Turf Moor, according to Michael Brown.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs midfielder believes the 27-year-old would be a “good signing” for the Hammers and he can understand why they are pursuing him.
This site revealed earlier this week that West Ham are ready to submit a £30million-plus bid for Tarkowski after having two previous offers rejected.
Burnley have reduced their pre-pandemic asking price for the England international of £50million to £35million, Football Insider understands.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche said he expects Tarkowski to stay at Turf Moor and he is “not planning on anything else other than him being here”.
Asked by Football Insider whether he can understand why the Hammers want Tarkowski, Brown said: “They need a defender don’t they and it’s somebody I’m sure is the type of player David Moyes would like.
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“So you can understand why West Ham are going for him but you can also understand why Burnley don’t want to lose him and want to keep the player in their ranks and want strong money for him.
“I think they need a defender, they really do. I think he would be a perfect signing for them, I really do.”
Tarkowksi did not miss a minute of Premier League football last season as Burnley finished 10th.
In total he has played 143 games across all competitions for the Clarets since joining from Brentford in 2016.
The Manchester-born defender has two England caps to his name after making his debut against Italy in March 2018.