West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for Burnley central defender James Tarkowski in recent months and a January bid was expected. 

The 29-year-old is out of contract next summer and it had been reported bids of around £7million could prise the Englishman out of Turf Moor mid-season.

However, a fresh report from Football Insider has shut down the possibility of a winter departure as Sean Dyche insists Tarkowski will remain at the Lancashire club. 

The report claims that the Clarets ‘plan to reject all offers’ for the twice-capped England man. 

So far this season Tarkowski has earned an impressive 7.22 average Sofascore rating from 12 Premier League outings. 

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Irons’ boss David Moyes is expected to enter the market for a defender following the likely season-ending injury suffered by Angelo Ogbonna. 

Valued at a lofty £22.5milion despite a dwindling contract (Transfermarkt), Burnley are setting themselves up for a huge loss should their prized asset leave for nothing at the end of the season. 

Clearly integral to their hopes of retaining top-flight status, the Lancashire club would seemingly rather lose the money then than jeopardise their Premier League status with a January sale. 

All of this means Moyes and co may have to turn their attention elsewhere – perhaps to Liverpool outcast Nat Phillips

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