The Evening Standard have reported that West Ham are now close to agreeing a fee for Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

David Moyes’ interest in the centre-half is no secret, and now it seems the two clubs may be edging closer to an agreement for the 27-year-old.

The Hammers have been chasing the England international for a number of weeks, having reportedly had two bids in the region of £30 million, after additional add ons, rejected.

However, West Ham are believed to be preparing an improved offer, which will be very close to meeting Burnley’s valuation, thought to be £30 million upfront,  before add ons take the deal even higher.

Tarkowski is yet to see competitive action this season owing to Burnley’s later start date, Sean Dyche’s side will kick off their campaign this coming Sunday away to Leicester City, with or without their commanding centre-back.

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Moyes’ side need for strengthening was only further highlighted on Saturday night as they got their campaign off to a dreadful start, losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United.

All too familiar defensive frailties coming to the fore once more, leading many fans desperately waiting on the potential arrival of Tarkowski, as well as other reinforcements across the pitch.