Burnley want contract talks with exciting trio as Chelsea enter four-man race for Champions League winner

James Tarkowski’s future is always up for debate when the transfer window arrives – but that could all change with a takeover.
Latest Premier League gossip. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Latest Premier League gossip. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Latest Premier League gossip. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

With Burnley close to going under new ownership, the Daily Mail reports the Clarets have held further talks over an improved contract for the West Ham-linked defender.

Tarkowski, 28, publicly stated in November that previous contract offers weren’t good enough, so is ultimately ready to leave when his contract expires in 2022.

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However, the Clarets are maintaining a dialogue with Tarkowski and also want to tie down Jimmy Dunne and Josh Benson to longer-term deals.

ALK Capital, fronted by Alan Pace, are in pole position to buy Burnley. There is hope that deal will go through sooner rather than later.

Elsewhere, here are just some of the transfer headlines from around the division:

Manchester United are “huge admirers” of Brighton defender Ben White but face competition from Leeds and Liverpool. (Manchester Evening News)

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Barnsley are lining up a January move for former Leeds United academy product and Forest Green defender Liam Kitching. (Football Insider)

Newcastle legend Rob Lee has hit out Miguel Almiron’s agent: “Almiron’s got to tell his agent to be quiet and start playing well for Newcastle because he hasn't’’. (Give Me Sport)

Fikayo Tomori is set to leave Chelsea on loan next month amid interest from Newcastle United and West Ham United. (Fabrizio Romano via The Sun)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is eyeing a reunion with Manchester City defender Eric Garcia when his contract expires at the end of the season. (The Sun)

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The agent of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is touting the Austrian to Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. (Bild via TalkSPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a January loan bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli and believe Spurs are prepared to let the 24-year-old leave. (Daily Mail)

Sheffield United are exploring potential January deals for Manchester United's Marcos Rojo or Preston North End's Ben Davies. (Daily Mail)

West Brom have begun identifying replacements for manager Slaven Bilic, who could lose his job if the Baggies are beaten by Newcastle United on Saturday. (Daily Mail)