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Moyes keeps eye on early target

By Dave Langton

David Moyes will keep a very close eye on developments involving James Tarkowski this month and will try to sign him on a free transfer in the summer if Burnley reject all offers.

The Irons boss has revealed that he does want to sign a player who is more likely to be available at the end of the season than this month.

And we believe that player may well be Tarkowski, who has impressed throughout his time under Sean Dyche at Turf Moor.

He is a huge fan of Tarkowski and sanctioned a big bid worth £34m last year, only for Burnley to reject the offer and stand firm on keeping the England international at the club.

As we saw in the summer with the pursuit of Kurt Zouma,  Moyes will not go off players and continues to keep a close eye on them in case an opportunity arises to table a bid.

Tarkowski will be available for nothing at the end of the season when his contract expires but there remains interest in him from Newcastle.

They are trying to do a deal this month but Burnley want him to stay to strengthen their bid to remain in the Premier League, as they are currently in the bottom three.

It may make more sense for Burnley to keep him and let him go on a free than sell him this month and Moyes will be keeping a very close eye on whether he leaves this month.

If he decides to remain at the club, the Hammers are almost certain to put together a package to try to sign him on a free at the end of the season.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.