Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped West Ham and Burnley to agree a fee for James Tarkowski next summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker slammed Burnley’s “unfair” treatment of the defender.
Tarkowski told the Telegraph last week that he will not sign a new deal with the Clarets and has reject multiple contract extensions.
This site revealed earlier this week that the Hammers will not pay the £35million Burnley were demanding for the 27-year-old in the summer.
The club are still in the market for a centre-half but it remains to be seen whether they will re-launch a move for the England international.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Tarkowski speaking pubicly about the situation, Agbonlahor said: “I totally understand where he’s coming from.
“He’s been a good servant for Burnley but Burnley are not the club that can match the wages that he deserves. He’s got into the England squad, he’s got England caps, he’s a great defender.
“Forget about football, the wage he can get at Burnley is nowhere near what he can get at other clubs. I’m sure he’ll know that because he’s 27, this is the last deal he can get to earn the big money.
“Even without the money, he deserves to be at a better team. When you’re at Burnley and you see West Ham and Leicester City are interested in you, it’s not fair to hold you back.
“He’s not wanted to come out and say that but sometimes you’ve got to speak your mind to force through a move.
“He’s a professional player and will play well for the rest of the season but I’m sure Burnley will come to an agreement on a fee that they can let him go for in the summer.”
In other West Ham news, the club have been backed to replace Declan Rice with a Celtic and Rangers linked 21-year-old.