Sky Sports pundit delivers 'huge' West Ham transfer verdict that Burnley fans won't want to hear

Sky Sports pundit Tim Sherwood has argued that signing James Tarkowski from Burnley in January would be a “huge plus” for West Ham United.

By Jason Jones
Sunday, 12th December 2021, 9:44 am
James Tarkowski of Burnley. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
James Tarkowski of Burnley. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The two sides face off at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon, with the Clarets bidding to move out of the relegation zone with a win over the high-flying Hammers.

But much of the attention in the buildup to the clash has been focused on Tarkowski and the approaching January transfer window.

The defender is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been heavily touted for a move away from Burnley in the coming weeks, with West Ham among the clubs who have been linked with a potential swoop.

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The Irons aren’t the only team in contention for his services, however, with newly-moneyed Newcastle United also understood to be monitoring his situation, but Sherwood has argued that a move to East London is more likely – and could be massively beneficial for Sunday’s visitors to Turf Moor.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, the former Tottenham manager said: “Tarkowski is the man who everyone is going to want.

"Now, would they sell to Newcastle? Of course you wouldn’t if you were Burnley because you’re in a relegation battle with them.

"They would sell to West Ham and I think he’s a realistic target and I think if he was to go there in January it would be a huge plus for them.”

Tarkowski has made 14 appearances for Burnley across all competitions so far this season.