Sean Dyche does not want to stand in James Tarkowski’s way amid interest from West Ham, claims former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer.
According to The Telegraph, both West Ham and Wolves are keen on signing the Burnley defender this summer.
The Hammers’ interest in Tarkowski is not new, with the Lancashire club turning down three offers for the player last year.
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However, Palmer does not think Dyche is trying to stand in the 28-year-old’s way, instead suggesting it is more to do with Burnley waiting for their valuation to be met and a replacement needing to be found.
“I know Sean Dyche. He’s a top-class bloke and he would not want to stand in the kid’s way,” the ex-Leeds United player exclusively told TIF. “But why should he let him go? He’s got to replace him.
“So they put it out there. They said, ‘We’re not standing in your way.’ I mean, What did Manchester City pay for Nathan Ake? £40m, there you go.”
This summer, Burnley have a big decision to make with Tarkowski.
The English centre-back’s contract expires next year and it is hard to imagine him signing an extension given some of the teams that are currently interested in him, so they risk losing him on a free if they do not sell this time round.