James Tarkowski to West Ham: second bid launched, Dyche’s message, Hammers deadline


West Ham have returned with a second bid for Burnley centre back James Tarkowski as David Moyes desperately tries to bolster his defence before the Premier League kick off.

Football.London understands that the Hammers manager wants to move quickly to secure Tarkowski or another defender having set a deadline of before the second game of the campaign against Arsenal to find a new defensive recruit.

An initial bid for the defender was already knocked back by Burnley but now the Hammers have returned for a second go which they hope will get the ball rolling.

The Hammers defence shipped 62 goals last season and was identified by Moyes early on as an area that desperately needs fresh faces. The manager wants a new centre half and left back before the end of the transfer window on October 5.

Here is a round-up with everything we know so far about the Hammers’ chase for the defender and whether they can get a deal over the line.

First bid rejected

Last week the Hammers started their chase for Tarkowski off the back of selling Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion for £18million.

Football.London and others reported the Hammers initially went in with a £27million plus add-ons bid for Tarkowski but that has been rejected by Burnley.

West Ham’s 5-3 defeat to Bournemouth in their final pre-season friendly last week has accelerated Moyes’ desire to find a defender after some truly shocking defending was on display against the Championship side, who ran riot at London Stadium.

Second bid “launched”

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The Telegraph have reported the Hammers have not taken nno for an answer and have returned with an improved bid for Tarkwoski.

This second one is believed to be for £30million plus add-ons as they try and tempt the Clarets into a sale.

The report also claims that Moyes wants the defender in place before the season gets underway this weekend against Newcastle United on Saturday though he is quickly running out of time.

The Hammers had set an original deadline of September 20 to get a “significant” defensive signing into the club but they are currently struggling to get anything moving.

What Sean Dyche has said

The Clarets boss faced the press on Tuesday at a media day ahead of the new season and said that his club wouldn’t be forced to sell Tarkowski on the cheap.

“I don’t want my best players to be going out of the room. That is the management view,” said the Clarets chief.

“The financial management view goes to a different level, that is my view, the chairman’s view and the board’s view.

“Sometimes they share the same views, sometimes they don’t. That is life in football.

“I am certainly not in the business to recommend that our best players go out the building, quite obviously.

“Eventually there gets to a level, if that level is met then things change, but until that level is met then I have no other thoughts that James Tarkowski and other players who I deem to be very good players will still be here, operating for us.”

What Tarkowski has said about his future.

The defender still has international ambitions and said recently : “For me, with the age I am coming into my prime years and wanting to progress, I want to go for the top level.

“I want to play at the best level I can, club football and internationally. I want to test myself against the best. We will see what happens.

“I just want to play at the top level and if that opportunity came I don’t think it is something I could turn down.”

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Former Hammer urges club to get a deal done

Carlton Cole, the former West Ham frontman, told TalkSport the club should do all they can to sign the England international.

“Yes. Listen, I think he’s going to bring a lot of experience. That experience is very, very important,” he said.

“We have very good defenders but I think it would be a good to add to that just to shore up the back a little bit.

“And someone like him coming in would be very good for the club to go in the right direction.

“What we do with the Diangana money is very important for the future of the club.”





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