Liverpool have been made clear favourites in the race for the signature of James Tarkowski.
Tarkowski joined Burnley from Brentford in the winter transfer window of 2017, but failed to establish himself in manager Sean Dyche’s starting eleven.
However with the departure of Michael Keane to Liverpool’s fellow Merseyside rivals Everton last summer, the 25-year-old filled the vacant spot next to Ben Mee and the pair formed a supreme partnership at the centre of the Clarets defence, proving critical in the side achieving a remarkable seventh place finish and qualification for the Europa League next season.
The Manchester born player averaged a rating of 7.22 (whoscored) across 31 Premier League starts in 2017/18 – prompting plenty of speculation surrounding his future.
A number of clubs are said to be interested in acquiring the services of the Englishman, but betting company Coral believe Anfield is Tarkowski’s most likely destination.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead speaking to StarSport said,
“Tarkowski didn’t make the England squad in the end but did have a superb season, winning his first cap and proving instrumental at the back as Burnley qualified for Europe.”
“It’s no surprise to see him being linked with a move and it looks as though Liverpool is the likely destination.”
London sides Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham are reportedly the Reds’ closest challengers for any potential deal and have been priced at 8/1. Whilst Coral also suggest Everton are in the hunt too.
Jürgen Klopp currently has five first team centre-back’s at his disposal, but only the £75million Virgil Van Dijk seems assured of maintaining his position at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.