Tarkowski transfer ‘set in stone’ says former striker

Jason Soutar
James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski

Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham, and Kevin Campbell has claimed that the move is ‘set in stone’.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Everton and Arsenal striker says that he expects Tarkowski to make the move to the London club.

There has been plenty of speculation over his future, with the Hammers and Leicester City both having their advances rejected by Burnley last summer.

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Despite only having one year left on his contract, Burnley are remaining stubborn and have little intention of selling cheaply.

The Clarets are in the market for a centre-back themselves and are reportedly working on a deal for Stoke City’s Nathan Collins.

A £12million offer is thought to be enough to sign the young centre-back, who made 27 appearances for Stoke in 2020/21.

Campbell is anticipating Tarkowski to make the switch to West Ham before the end of the window, and expects the Englishman to do well.

When asked if he could see a deal happening, Campbell said:  “I think that one is probably set in stone.

“Moyes will strengthen that West Ham backline. He knows if he wants to stay up in those European spaces that he needs to get his defence right.

“I think it was the defence which let them down towards the end of last season because in a number of games they were free-scoring.

“They look fantastic in attack but they conceded silly goals in big moments. The Arsenal game is a prime example.

“Tarkowski would be a great signing and I think the time has come for him to leave Burnley. He would be a stabilising force back there for West Ham.”

According to reports, the 28-year-old is ‘eager’ to leave and speaking on his future last November, the player said: “Burnley offered me a contract near the start of last season, which, for me personally, it was nowhere near what I was going to sign and I think the club understood. And they’ve come back again this year, and still, for me, it’s just not right.

“Finances do matter, but, at this particular stage, whatever path I take I will get financially rewarded so the financial side is not even in my thinking at the moment. It’s more about my football.”