Pundit 'wowed' as West Ham could 'entice' Burnley with '£12m' Tarkowski part-exchange offer
West Ham could “entice” Burnley by making a part-exchange offer for James Tarkowski in January, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 29-year-old is a “real leader” for the Lancashire side.
According to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh (16 December), David Moyes is lining up a bid of £4million rising to £5million for Tarkowski in the winter window.
The defender’s contract at Turf Moor expires at the end of this season.
Whelan insisted a “cheeky” bid of £5million will be “laughed at” by Sean Dyche and Burnley.
He suggested £10-12million is a more realistic figure.
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“I think even £10million is a bargain for a player of his quality,” Whelan told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“He’s obviously out of contract, which is why they’re tabling this cheeky offer. If they were to throw in a player, wow, it could make the deal that bit more enticing to Burnley.
“But £5million will be laughed at. I’m sure Burnley would rather them keep that money and they keep Tarkowski as they try and stay in the Premier League. He’s one of their talismans and a real leader.
“For me, you’re talking around the £10-12million mark for Tarkowski. I’m sure Sean Dyche won’t even consider any less.”
As detailed by Football Insider last month (12 November), the centre-back would jump at the chance to join West Ham.
Tarkowski boasts a wealth of experience in the Premier League, having played 172 top-flight games for the Clarets.
The defender has played twice for England.