By Wayne Veysey

12th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Tarkowski ‘very keen’ to join West Ham as Burnley price tag tumbles

James Tarkowski would jump at the chance to join West Ham in January as Burnley prepare to significantly lower his price tag, Football Insider understands.

The Hammers have made multiple moves for the centre-back, 28, in the last two summer windows but could not agree a fee.

A West Ham source has told Football insider that manager David Moyes remains a huge admirer of Tarkowski and the defender will be on his radar again in January.

The Hammers could be in the market for a centre-back after losing Angelo Ogbonna to an anterior cruciate ligament injury that is set to rule him out for the rest of the season.

Tarkowski is out of contract at Burnley next summer and has rejected multiple extension offers from the club.

The former Brentford star is eager to join West Ham and would jump at the chance to return to London.

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Burnley valued the defender at £35million last year when the Irons submitted a series of bids rising to £30m.

But Sean Dyche’s side have reduced their asking price to £20m going into January.

That could prove too much for West Ham even though despite receiving fresh investment this week from Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky.

Kretinsky on Wednesday completed his purchase of a 27 per cent stake in the club in a deal thought to be worth over £180million.

Tarkowski remains a key man at Burnley and has started all 11 of their Premier League matches this season.

He joined the club in 2016 and has so far made 194 appearances.

West Ham completed two centre-back signings in the summer, with Kurt Zouma joining from Chelsea and Craig Dawson completing his loan from Watford into a permanent move.

In the absence of Ogbonna, Moyes can also call on Issa Diop as the club’s third fit senior centre-back.

In other news, West Ham put the finishing touches to three new deals as Newman makes his mark ahead of January.