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Moyes has gone off central defender target

By Hughie Southon

West Ham will not be in the market for James Tarkowski this winter despite previous big interest from manager David Moyes.

The Burnley central defender is out of contract in the summer and may have been expected to command a small fee.

The Hammers went to £40 million plus when Moyes showed earlier enthusiasm for the player who is now being linked with us again and Newcastle.

But Claret and Hugh understands the manager has gone off the player and will be looking at players brought before him by his new recruitment chief Rob Newman.

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A source also revealed that Burnley are likely to want more than the £10 million than is being reported.

Moyes chased Tarkowski for several weeks but finally pulled the plug on the player when Burnley declared they wanted £50 million for the 29 year old who himself made it clear he was looking to regain his England place and join a Champions League outfit.


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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Moyes has gone off central defender target

  1. It makes sense to me, as we are a much different club from the club which attempted to sign Tarkowski in what seems like years ago now. Moyes is now able to put his complete trust in Director of Football Rob Newman who’s scouting network and knowledge is second to none and he is now guaranteed to deliver the “Under the Radar” players.
    I don’t think we will see the return of the older overvalued players like Tarkowski and Co whilst Moyes has anything to do with it. As a supporter, I always hated the part of the transfer market that we operated in, older has been, rejects and punts, all of a sudden I can now see that we were just killing time as a club. I now look forward expectedly to the future!

    • … just killing time….?
      What, until the new round of signing ‘has-beens, rejects and Punts’ from overseas …?

      Rob Newman may deliver, I hope so, but no guarantees…. expectedly awaiting your disappointment.

  2. I hope this is true, he had his chance and thought he could do better. I’m afraid that as far as I’m concerned the same applies to Mr Lingard.

    • Indeed, Tarks off to Geordi-Arabia and 3 years of well paid mediocrity ….
      Lingard, had such an impact last season, a return is almost bound to end in under-whelming disappointment… Thanks Jess, best of luck under ZiZou!

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