Burnley defender James Tarkowski is being eyed by Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers – but would he be a good signing for the Midlands club?
The Times report that Tarkowksi is also of interest to Leicester City but Burnley do not need to sell and will bide their time in order to get the best possible value for their man.
The 26-year-old who, of course, operates at centre-back, enjoyed yet another season of consistent top-flight performances, making 35 appearances and scoring three goals.
The Englishman has the qualities to be both a ‘ball-playing’ centre-back and a more old-fashioned version, having displayed the former at Brentford and more of the latter with the Clarets.
His three and a half years under Sean Dyche have seen him become adept at heading and clearing the ball, and Tarkowski is also brave in the tackle and willing to organise his team-mates at set pieces.
The ball-playing qualities would be of benefit to Wolves, with Conor Coady probably the one of Nuno Espirito Santo’s favoured backline most likely to step out with the ball from the back.
With Espirito Santo mostly deploying a three at the back formation, squad depth at centre-back will be more key than ever, especially given that Wolves will also be competing in the Europa League next term.
Tarkowski would more than likely be ahead of Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker and would be left to compete with Coady, Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly for a starting spot.
Overall, the ex-Brentford man would be a fantastic addition to the Wolves squad and is unlikely to command a massive transfer fee or wage packet, something which would make him a better option to other potential buys.