There were reports in January that Eddie Howe wanted to bring Burnley defender James Tarkowski to Newcastle, but it seemed he was not available.
Tarkowski has played 192 Premier League games for Burnley with 7 goals and 11 assists.
He will become a free agent in the summer after 7 seasons at Turf Moor, and a telling development is that West Ham were interested in the player, but they have withdrawn their interest since they believe he will be signing for Newcastle.
That’s according to a report today from the Mirror.
Eddie Howe has been a long-term admirer of the twice-capped England International, and reading between the lines it looks like Newcastle have gone in quickly for the Manchester-born defender, who started his career at Manchester City back in 2008.
Tarkowski is reported to earn £50K/week at Burnley and Newcastle are willing to offer him more than that to join the Newcastle
revolution evolution on Tyneside.
If the news is indeed accurate, it would be good for Newcastle to announce the signing quickly because it sends a message to other players that Newcastle will definitely improve the squad for next season.
And it doesn’t need £100M players to do that – not yet anyway.
The 29-year-old Burnley defender is very experienced in the Premier League and makes very few mistakes at the back – he’s an Eddie Howe type player.
Newcastle will likely be given around £60M upfront to spend this summer, and Eddie Howe in addition can use any money obtained from outgoing transfers to bring new players in.
So the gross outlay on transfers could be over £100M.
Howe can sell players like Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis, Dwight Gayle, Federico Fernandez, Matt Ritchie, Karl Darlow, Jeff Hendrick, and Freddie Woodman this summer.
Don’t forget, it’s not the size of the fee that’s important with transfers – it’s whether they are the right players who will improve our squad.
And Eddie Howe knows that all too well.
Howay The Lads!!