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Report: Newcastle now have a very 'strong' chance of actually signing 'outstanding' PL player

Newcastle United are a strong contender to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley during the summer transfer window.

Newcastle were linked with Tarkowski during the January window, when they chased a host of central defenders before ending up with Dan Burn.

Burn gave Newcastle the defensive steel and resilience they needed to get out of trouble, and 90Min report Eddie Howe wants at least one more new man at the heart of his defence.

Tarkowski, who was hailed as ‘outstanding‘ by former Clarets boss Sean Dyche, has already told Burnley he is leaving.

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Newcastle a strong contender to sign Tarkowski

Their report reads: “Newcastle are strongly in contention to land England international defender James Tarkowski this summer when his contract expires.

Newcastle do have money to spend but the chance of a free transfer in the shape of Tarkowski is appealing as he is a player Howe has liked for a long time.

Newcastle did look at a deal in January and sources now understand a move to the North East is looking a likely option.

A number of clubs including West Ham and newly-promoted Fulham were also looking closely at Tarkowski, who has already told Burnley that he is set to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires whether they stay up or not.

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England international Tarkowski was absent for Burnley’s 1-0 loss at Tottenham last time out and his absence was keenly felt.

Getting him on a free looks like decent business for Newcastle, and it would free up more money to spend elsewhere when the market re-opens next month.

Burn and Tarkowski could be a decent partnership, with Premier League experience aplenty as Eddie Howe looks to take his squad to the next level.

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