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Wolves reportedly set to battle Leicester over signing of Burnley’s James Tarkowski

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Wolves reportedly set to battle Leicester over signing of Burnley’s James Tarkowski

The two Midlands clubs could be set to battle over the England international.

Wolves have approached Premier League rivals Burnley over the signing of central defender James Tarkowski, according to the Times.

They report that Nuno Santo is keen on the 26-year-old England international, who has impressed in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Tarkowski joined for a reported £3 million from Brentford back in 2016, but Wolves should expect to pay a fair amount more than that now, given how his progression has continued since then.

Wolves are also apparently set to battle fellow Midlands club Leicester for his services, as they are eyeing him up in case Harry Maguire leaves the King Power Stadium this summer.

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Wolves did exceptionally well last season and a major reason for that was their defensive organisation and the performances of their back five.

 

Ryan Bennett was a part of that but on paper, he looks the weakest of the defensive options Santo preferred last season and Tarkowski would be a clear upgrade on the former Norwich man.

There’s a reason why Tarkowski has been called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad even before the hugely impressive Wolves skipper Conor Coady.

It’s because he’s a fantastic Premier League level central defender and is also comfortable on the ball. He doesn’t get a chance to show that as much at Turf Moor, but could make that jump at Molineux without question.

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