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Crystal Palace: Club interested in Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski

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According to a recent report in the Mirror, Crystal Palace and Leicester City are both interested in Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski.

The report suggests that both clubs are keen on signing the England international, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, with Brendan Rodgers attempting for a second time to sign the 27-year-old after he reportedly made a move for the defender last summer, only to be put off by Burnley’s £50m asking price.

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However, the report goes on to suggest that, following the pandemic and its influences on both the football season and the transfer market, the Clarets may no longer be in a position to turn down a decent offer for the defender.

Roy Hodgson’s side appear to be Leicester’s main rivals for his signature, with the Mirror tipping the two sides to battle for the centre-back as they look to improve their respective defences.

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Since arriving at Burnley from Brentford for a fee of £3.6m back in 2016, Tarkowski has gone on to make 134 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and providing two assists.

So far this season, the 27-year-old has made 29 appearances in the Premier League, averaging 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 1.3 blocks and a remarkable 5.1 clearances per game, in addition to an impressive WhoScored average match rating of 7.11/10.

More broadly, Tarkowski’s rise from Oldham Athletic to Brentford and then to Burnley, before establishing himself as a Premier League regular and going on to be capped by England, is extremely impressive.

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As such, it would seem that Palace would be acquiring an extremely solid and capable centre-back in Tarkowski, and one who can seemingly take each step up in his career with apparent ease.

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