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It’s a Tarkowski stand-off as Hammers wait

West Ham and Burnley are locked into a James Tarkowski stand-off with the Hammers claiming they have made a final £35 million offer which includes £5 million of add ons.

Burnley had placed a £50 million price tag on the central defender who missed the Carabao Cup clash against Sheffield United last night which the Clarets won via a penalty shoot-out.

The Clarets are waiting for what they believe may be a new final Hammers bid for the central defender but we understand the club has reached its limit.

That is the widely reported £30 million but includes another £5 million in add ons as is usually the case in such scenarios.

These can include the player featuring in a certain number of games and helping the club making certain positional and cup achievements.

The Hammers will be going no higher but Burney will hold out hope that they will make a new offer to clinch the deal, which puts the negotiations in what were described to CandH as a “standoff phase.”

We understand that whilst the Hammers hope Burnley pick up the ‘phone and say “ok that’s a deal” manager David Moyes continues to look at the loan market as a productive area should Tarkowski stay at Turf Moor as he looks also for full-backs.

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5 comments on “It’s a Tarkowski stand-off as Hammers wait

  1. Would that sort of money not be better spent trying to nick Unai Nunez and Rico Henry?

    • Tarkowski is disingenuous bid. A half hearted bid for a player that does not want to come to us, just so the club can say we tried. Seen it before with Bacca and lacazette

    • My concern is that if the transfer budget is 30m as we’ve been told, and we’re bidding 35m+ for one player, this means that either
      1) We won’t be able to afford to strengthen elsewhere; or
      2) They already know Rice will be sold to fund the other transfers

  2. Moyes is playing the longterm game – but will GSB give him time? He is now 2/1 favourite to be the first manager to go – based partly on our notorious early fixtures and also on having lost to Newcastle, but also I am afraid on the history of GSB – Zola, Grant, BFS, Bilic, Moyes, Pellegrini all fired in 10 years.

    Sometimes one does need the BFS approach – we need defenders now so lets go and get them even if they dont have resale value they will keep us up – its what BFS did with us but also with Sunderland and Palace (e.g. the loan of Mamadou Sakho) – the supporters might initially be underwhelmed but a couple of clean sheets would work wonders

  3. Kevin Exactly Ain’t gonna happen

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