Pundit issues verdict on West Ham signing Tarkowski after Burnley twist
Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted West Ham have little chance of signing James Tarkowski from Burnley in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker suggested losing Tarkowski could cost Burnley “£100million” if they are relegated in his absence.
Football Insider reported earlier this week (November 12) the defender is keen on a January switch to high-flying West Ham.
It is understood that David Moyes is a big fan and he may be looking for a new centre-back after Angelo Ogbanna’s injury.
A Burnley source told this site on 15 November the club are not willing to let the 28-year-old leave in the winter window.
They will instead let him walk away for free at the end of his current contract next summer.
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“I don’t see anybody paying £20million for a player like Tarkowski at Burnley with six months left [on his contract],” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I just don’t see it. West Ham have still got Dawson available and Diop too. I don’t see them doing that, to be honest. They’ll hold out with the players they’ve got.
“They’ve also got midfielders who can fill in at centre-half too.
“I just don’t see anyone paying that much money for Tarkowski when he’s got six months left. It’s a lot of money.
“Burnley would rather keep hold of him because they’re in a relegation battle. Selling Tarkowski may end up costing them £100millon. They’ll probably take the hit of losing him on a free transfer.
“He could be the reason that Burnley stay up.”