James Tarkowski’s potential move to West Ham has taken another twist.
The London Evening Standard reports that Leicester City, who were interested in signing the defender last summer, have made a fresh enquiry as to the Burnley defender’s availability. The timing is interesting, as Tarkowski missed Burnley’s game against Sheffield United in the EFL Cup with a supposed toe injury.
The Foxes tabled a bid back then and are again interested in snapping up his signature.
West Ham have had a number of bids rejected for Tarkowski as they look to secure defensive reinforcements in this transfer window, the last of which totalled over £30m with add-ons included.
The report states that the defender is keen to leave Turf Moor as he looks to force his way back into the England squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
Burnley wants around £50m for Tarkowski, who is also keen to play Champions League football; moving to Leicester may then be an attractive option for the 27-year-old in this transfer window.
They have yet to make a formal bid, though, and it is not clear if they will.
Meanwhile, LancsLive claim Burnley have not received a fresh bid from West Ham for James Tarkowski.
Reports emerged on Thursday morning from Sky Sports suggesting the Hammers had returned with a £31million offer but they are understood to be wide of the mark according to local Burnley sources.
West Ham have made the 27-year-old their top transfer target and remain interested in prising Tarkowski away from Turf Moor.
But having seen two offers rebuffed they have yet to return with a third the local website claims.