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Newcastle United: Liam Kennedy talks possible James Tarkowski bid

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Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has been discussing James Tarkowski and a possible swoop in the January transfer window.

According to reports, one of the names being circulated as a possible new face for Newcastle in the January transfer window is the Burnley defender, as Eddie Howe’s men look to try and fix the joint-worst defensive record in the division.

Tarkowski, 29, who has been capped twice for his country, is currently in the final six months of his deal at Turf Moor, meaning that this is the final window that Burnley can cash in on him before letting him go for free in the summer, providing he doesn’t sign a new deal.

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Speaking on a recent edition of NUFC Matters, Kennedy discussed some of the details behind Tarkowski and his situation at his current club, and revealed that whilst a move to Newcastle might be on the cards, the club might have to wait a little while for it to become a possibility.

He said: “My understanding on Tarkowski is that his most likely course of action would be to see out his contract and go on a free in the summer and assess his options.

“I can imagine, even though he’d be 30 years old or so, there will be a lot of clubs – I think there’ll be a few in the top six who’ll want to sign a player of Tarkowski’s experience in the Premier League and ability, and bring him in maybe as a third or fourth-choice centre-half.

“I think he’ll have some good offers in the summer. Of course, I think Newcastle United will be part of that conversation.”

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Kennedy’s claim is one that should set alarm bells ringing for both Newcastle United fans and the club at the same time, because it sounds as if they could be about to miss out on him if he’s willing to see out his contract.

At that point, it might be too late for Newcastle, as they could find themselves relegated. And whilst they do have a lot of money at their disposal, if Kennedy is right that a number of the bigger clubs would be interested in taking a look at him, then it’s hard to see how the Toon might be able to attract Tarkowski to join in the summer.

With a few weeks left in the window, there’s still time for things to change, and if Newcastle really think he is someone that can help them get out of their relegation battle, then they need to do their utmost to make Tarkowski change his mind and make a move now rather than later.

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