Newcastle United have been handed some late transfer encouragement, sources have told Nothing But Newcastle.
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Fans will need little reminding that Burnley’s James Tarkowski among the first names to be linked with a move to St James’ Park following the club’s takeover in October, with a signing such as his logical.
Given the onus the recruitment team on Tyneside appear to be putting on signing players with Premier League experience halfway through a relegation fight, Tarkowski would at least appear to be one of the smartest targets the club could have had. Not only would he (in theory) require little bedding in, the former Brentford defender would also surely be an improvement on what Eddie Howe currently at his disposal.
Obviously, the idea of Burnley willing selling one of their leading players to a relegation rival does sound somewhat strange, particularly with Sean Dyche said to have been left fuming when Newcastle activated a clause in Chris Wood’s contract.
Still, sources have told NBN that top brass at Turf Moor are willing to sell the 28-year-old during what remains of the January transfer window with both Newcastle and West Ham United closely monitoring his situation.
Would Tarkowski be an improvement on what Newcastle currently have?
Clearly, it’s not as simple as merely translating statistics from one team to another given the difference in playing styles but Tarkowski, capped twice by England, would appear to be an upgrade.
WhoScored data notes that the Burnley man averages more in the way of successful aerial duels per game (4.9) than any of Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez this season, as well as more tackles, interceptions and blocks.
Many will point to the fact Dyche tends to operate with a relatively low block but, frankly, it’s not as if Newcastle have been the most expansive of teams themselves.
What has been said about Newcastle and Tarkowski?
Speaking to Football Insider in December, pundit Paddy Kenny urged Newcastle to “throw money” in an attempt to get a deal over the line.
“He would instantly improve Newcastle,” he said.
“Burnley aren’t having a great season but we all know how good Tarkowski is.
“If Burnley want to keep him, that’s understandable. Tarkowski is one of those players who can decide relegation.
“If he leaves. Burnley are considerably weaker. So they won’t want to lose him to a relegation rival.
“Newcastle should just throw money at him. Whatever he wants, pay it.
“Not to say Tarkowski is purely motivated by money, but obviously that’s a factor.
“Newcastle is such a massive club and a big step up from Burnley. It would be an exciting move.”