Report: West Ham now think Newcastle are definitely going to sign 'outstanding' player for free
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Report: West Ham now think Newcastle are definitely going to sign 'outstanding' player for free

West Ham United believe that James Tarkowski is definitely joining Newcastle United. Therefore the Hammers have dropped in any interest in the Burnley defender, per The Mirror.

Tarkowski’s Burnley contract runs out this summer meaning he will be available on a free this summer. West Ham are looking to sign defenders this summer, but so are the Magpies. A number of defenders have been linked as Newcastle transfer targets. These include Cameron Carter-Vickers, Goncalo Inacio and Evan Ndicka.

With potential Financial Fair Play issues this summer, Newcastle may want to avoid spending a lot of money this summer. So signing him on a free when Tarkowski’s Burnley contract runs out would be beneficial in that sense. His former boss Sean Dyche has labelled him as ‘outstanding’ in the past

This isn’t the first time the English defender has been linked with the Toon. According to The Telegraph, both he and Jesse Lingard were targeted in January.

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Newcastle need more options in defence and Tarkowski is Premier League proven

The Burnley defender has proven himself to be one of their best since they’ve been in the Premier League. He’s even picked up a couple of caps for England in the process.

If Tarkowski is definitely joining Newcastle then he would be an effective option that’s Premier League proven. It’s logical he has appeared once again as one of Newcastle’s transfer targets. Eddie Howe has often played Fabian Schar and Dan Burn alongside each other. With captain Jamaal Lascelles also filling in.

But Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark have struggled for minutes. This would suggest they could both be off this summer. So Newcastle will need more depth at the back and bring in a couple of new recruits at the back.

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A selection dilemma would be much welcomed on Tyneside. It means players will be fighting for their place and will get the best out of them. For a long time, the Toon have been operating with limited defensive cover.

This was the case in midfield this season. Jonjo Shelvey, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton have established their places in the starting XI. But the likes of Joe Willock and even Sean Longstaff have made it a challenge for Howe to stick with a consistent midfield three.

Tarkowski might not get into the starting XI straight away, but he’d provide effective back-up. He has the experience and has proven himself at the Premier League level.