West Ham told 'big bid' needed to land Tarkowski but 'deal could happen' - pundit
Paul Robinson has claimed Burnley manager Sean Dyche will be “very reluctant” to sanction James Tarkowski a move to West Ham this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Burnley and England goalkeeper predicted it would take a “big bid” to get Tarkowski, 28, out of Turf Moor.
This site revealed on 14 June that the centre-half is “very keen” to join West Ham this summer as he looks to quit the Clarets.
Tarkowski is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract at Turf Moor and the Hammers want to capitalise.
Football Insider revealed on 26 March that the Irons have made the capture of a top-class centre-back a priority in this window.
Robinson believes Tarkowksi could be sold if a sizeable offer is tabled.
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“Sean Dyche will not want to sell him because he has been a great player for Burnley over the years,” he told Football Insider.
“A number of clubs will be interested in signing him and if Burnley can get a fee from West Ham or someone else which they class as acceptable and which will allow them to go out and sign an adequate replacement, then I think it could happen.
“Sean Dyche will be very reluctant to let him go though. It is always very difficult for a manager with a player in the last 12 months of his contract in regards to what the player gives you.
“It might be in the best interests of the club to move him on if a big bid comes in. It might be a deal that is worth looking at.”