By Dylan Childs

16th Nov, 2021 | 11:13am

Sources: Major update on West Ham and Newcastle race to sign Tarkowski in January

Burnley are planning to block West Ham target James Tarkowski from leaving in January, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 28-year-old is running down his contract at Turf Moor, which expires next summer.

A Burnley source has now told Football Insider the club are planning to dig their heels in and stop Tarkowski from leaving in the mid-season window.

That will be a blow to his suitors, who include West Ham as well as newly-rich Newcastle.

They had hoped the defender, valued at £35m last year by Burnley, would be available for a cut-price January deal.

However, club chiefs have weighed up their options and decided it is too risky to allow Tarkowski to leave in the midst of a relegation battle.

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Tarkowski will instead leave on a free transfer at the end of June 2022.

Burnley have offered to make the defender the best-paid player in the club’s history.

But, the England international has turned down the offers as he has ambitions of playing for a club challenging for Europe.

Sean Dyche’s side signed Tarkowski from Brentford in a £3.6million deal in 2016.

The centre-half has gone on to make 194 appearances across all competitions for the Clarets.

Football Insider revealed on November 12th that Tarkowski would jump at the chance to join West Ham in January.

David Moyes could enter the winter market for a centre-half after Angelo Ogbonna suffered a season-ending knee injury.

However, the Hammers will likely have to wait until the summer if they want to sign Tarkowski.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has predicted West Ham chiefs could sanction a £120million payout after Sullivan reveal.