West Ham United’s attempts to pry defender James Tarkowski away from Burnley could be scuppered by Leicester City, who have also made an inquiry about the centre-half, according to the London Evening Standard. 

The Hammers have been in the market for defensive reinforcements all summer long, with David Moyes admitting he needs additional cover at the back. 

Tarkowski has been repeatedly stated as a target but West Ham’s efforts appear to have been unsuccessful. 

The latest report suggests the Hammers are still keen on the Burnley enforcer but are being priced out of a move, while Leicester are keen to revisit their interest in the centre-half. 

West Ham have Issa Diop, Fabien Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna as options in the heart of their rearguard, but a new central defender of quality would certainly be a big boost for the East London club. 

The Hammers conceded 63 Premier League goals last season and solidifying a leaky rearguard must be Moyes’ main objective to improve the team. 

West Ham’s limited transfer budget would suggest a deal for Tarkowski is not going to happen, while Leicester could well have the financial clout to end any interest from the Hammers if they press forward with an offer.