Well, Newcastle United’s attempts to sign James Tarkowski may not be dead yet.
The Magpies have been linked to the player a lot in recent months.
However, Tarkowski reportedly told Burnley he was leaving when his contract expired at the end of the season.
But the Telegraph claimed this morning that the 29-year-old wanted to join Newcastle now.
The report adds that Clarets boss Sean Dyche could indeed sell his top defenseman if a “suitable replacement” becomes available this month.
The Burnley star’s signature – which originally cost £ 3million – could be huge for Newcastle in January.
Eddie Howe’s side are only two points from safety as it is, but they’ve lost goals this season.
With 42 goals conceded, Newcastle have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, illustrating why they are 19th in the table.
But bolstering that defense with an experienced top-flight star like Tarkowski could be huge.
That he wants to join Newcastle is important because, with Saudi wealth chasing him, the money speaks for itself and it will be interesting to see if United can convince the Clarets to sell.
Dyche called the player “exceptional”, suggesting he knows his worth.
While not cheap, it could make all the difference for Newcastle.
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