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Leicester 'confident' of finally signing James Tarkowski from Burnley

Published on: 27 January 2021

Leicester City are reportedly set to make a third huge push to secure the signing of central defender James Tarkowski from Burnley.

The Foxes have been linked with the 28-year-old for several seasons, though the Clarets have always held firm and made their stance clear in the transfer window.

But Tarkowski is now entering the final 12 months of his contract at Turf Moor and Brendan Rodgers' side are now 'increasingly confident' of wrapping up a deal for their long-term target, according to the Mirror.

Burnley have firmly held their ground in the previous two transfer windows but time now appears to be running out to retain their star man.

It is reported that Tarkowski is looking to move on in order to further his England prospects and become a regular in the Three Lions shirt for Gareth Southgate.

Leicester are looking to flesh out their options in the back line, with veteran defender Jonny Evans coming to the final stages of his career.

The Northern Irishman recently signed fresh terms on a contract running until the end of the 2022-2023 season, when he will be 35.

Leicester also have the highly promising Wesley Fofana and Caglar Soyuncu in their ranks, the latter of which has struggled this season with ongoing injury problems.

A bidding war is however likely to erupt for Tarkowski's services, with West Ham United expected to once again make their interest known.

Last September the Hammers had a bid in the region of £30m turned down for Tarkowski, as Burnley insisted their man was going nowhere.

It was said that Burnley would have been willing to negotiate only if it became clear a club was willing to go above and beyond and pay a huge premium for the Englishman.

At the time Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: 'Do players have a price at any club? Yes, we’ve seen that across the whole of football.

'Eventually a day comes if someone’s going to hit a certain number then all clubs, not just Burnley Football Club, have to make a decision.

'If that comes then the chairman will make that decision. [But] we’re not in the business of getting rid of our best players on the cheap, that’s for sure. In a healthy way, we’ve had speculation on our players since the first year I was here.


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