Sean Dyche says he expects James Tarkowski to remain at Burnley

‘Unless I’m told differently…he will be here’: Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he expects defender James Tarkowski to remain at Turf Moor despite summer interest from Leicester and West Ham

  • James Tarkowski has been been chased by Leicester and West Ham this summer
  • Leicester instead decided to spend their money on Wesley Fofana for £36m
  • West Ham have struggled to meet Burnley’s valuation of their centre-back
  • Sean Dyche says he expects Tarkowski to remain at the club past October 5

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has said he expects James Tarkowski to remain at the club despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

The 27-year-old centre-back has been the subject of interest from both Leicester and West Ham during the summer transfer window.

However, both clubs have struggled to meet Burnley’s valuation of the player, which is believed to be around £50m.

James Tarkowski was heavily linked with a move away from Turf Moor in the past few months

Boss Sean Dyche says he expects Tarkowski to stay with the club beyond the transfer window

Burnley are currently pointless but Tarkowski’s return to action will be a huge boost for them

Dyche told Sky Sports: ‘He (Tarkowski) is an important player to us, he’s a very good player.

‘He’s a player who continues to develop and unless I’m told differently by the powers that be at the club he will be here. He’s certainly not part of that group that we think is going to leave.’

The Foxes had tabled a bid of £30m plus add-ons for Tarkowski which was rejected by Burnley.

Leicester have since signed Wesley Fofana from Saint Etienne for an initial £32m which could rise to £36m – a move which signals their interest in Tarkowski is over.

Leicester were one of two clubs interested before they signed Wesley Fofana for a fee of £36m

West Ham also reportedly put in a £36m bid for the England international but Burnley made it clear it was nowhere near their valuation.

On possible arrivals, Dyche said there was ‘nothing imminent’ before Monday’s deadline despite interest in  Liverpool’s Welsh winger Harry Wilson.

Burnley are currently without a point after losing their opening two games of the season to Leicester and Southampton.

However they did receive a boost with Tarkowski as well as Ashley Barnes playing their first games of the season in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City.




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