West Ham have made a £30m bid for James Tarkowski after having their first offer for the Burnley centre-back rejected. David Moyes is keen to strengthen his leaky defence and is determined to sign Tarkowski following the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom. West Ham’s manager is a big admirer of the 27-year-old and hopes to convince Burnley to sell after having an initial offer of £27m turned down.

Although Tarkowski is pushing for a move, it is understood Sean Dyche is relaxed about the situation. Burnley’s manager warned this week that Tarkowski would not be sold “on the cheap” and the club could hold out for as much as £50m for the former Brentford player.

West Ham are under pressure to strengthen their squad after allowing Diangana to go for £18m. The 22-year-old winger’s departure has gone down badly with his former teammates. Mark Noble, West Ham’s captain, tweeted that he was “angry and sad” after the academy graduate’s move was confirmed.