By Kevin Phillips

16th Nov, 2020 | 7:00am

Phillips Exclusive: West Ham 'may have already agreed' blockbuster January signing

West Ham may already have an agreement in place with James Tarkowski as they lay the groundwork for a blockbuster January deal. 

That is according to ex-England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the future of the Burnley defender.

Tarkowski told the Telegraph last week that he will not sign a new Burnley contract after rejecting multiple offers from the club.

This has opened the door for clubs to try and prise the England international from Turf Moor in January.

West Ham place a series of bids for the 27-year-old rising to £30million in the summer but failed to match Burnley’s £35m valuation.

Asked if he expects Tarkowski to join West Ham in January, Phillips told Football Insider: “The agent may have already agreed something, spoke to them and said to Tarkowski, ‘just hang on until January’.

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“He would have been disappointed not to have moved on. It looks as if the player has made up his mind – his time at Burnley is done. At least he has been vocal about it.

“He is taking stock of his own career and it looks like he wants to move on. It has been a tough start to the season for Burnley. He has been put under a lot of pressure.

“On the other hand it has been a decent start for West Ham and David Moyes is building something there that Tarkowski may want to be a part of. It says to me that the player will be moving on in January.”   

Tarkowski has been a mainstay of the Burnley team since joining from Brentford in 2016 for £3.6million.

He has made 149 appearances for the Clarets, six of which have come this season, including starts in the last five Premier League matches.

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