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Frank McAvennie urged West Ham to give up on signing James Tarkowski after Burnley boss Sean Dyche hinted that the defender would not want to leave the club.

The former Irons and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed “the biggest problem” for the Hammers in their pursuit of the 27-year-old is not the price but rather that the player would not want to move to the London Stadium.

This site revealed that the Clarets have slapped a £35million price tag on the centre-half having rejected bids of West Ham’s bids of £28million and £30million.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that the Hammers are set to return to Burnley with an improved offer.

McAvennie wants the club to pursue other targets.

“The biggest problem we have got at the moment is that nobody wants to come to West Ham,” he told Football Insider.

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“They are talking about the big boy at Burnley but I do not think that he wants to go.

“If he does not want to go to West Ham, it does not matter if the club bid £50million and Burnley say, ‘You are going.’ That is not going to be the player that you want. If he does not want to go there, he is only going because he has been kicked out of Burnley for the money.

“I do not understand why they are still going after him? I cannot understand it. Go and get somebody else. He is a good player and I would love to see him at West Ham.”

Speaking on Tarkowski‘s future, Dyche said: “I’m not planning on anything else other than him staying here.

“And I don’t see why he would want to leave here at this moment in time, although I would imagine the numbers involved are considerable for it to be even considered.”

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