Wolves are hoping to beat their fierce rivals West Bromwich Albion to the signing of Burnley’s James Tarkowski according to a report from the Daily Star.

The 24-year-old defender signed for the Clarets in the last January transfer window as part of a protracted anc rather controversial move from Brentford, with headlines being attracted when he decided not to play his former club against Burnley when the deal was being negotiated.

However since Burnley were promoted to the Premier League, Tarkowski has struggled to break into the first team. His only start of the season came in the shock EFL Cup defeat to Accrington Stanley and the rest of his appearances in the Premier League have come from the bench.

This means that several teams believe that a deal could be done to sign Tarkowski during this transfer window. Premier League teams West Brom and Stoke City have already had moves for the defender blocked by Burnley while Sky Bet Championship sides Wolves, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers are also interested.

Of course for Wolves and West Brom this could end up being a matter of pride. The two Black County clubs have a fierce rivalry but haven’t played each other since Wolves were relegated from the Premier League, meaning the Baggies have been lording it over them for the last few years. But if Wolves were able to beat West Brom to the signing of Tarkowski, there would certainly be a lot of pride at Molineux.

However Burnley seem unwilling to sell at the moment due to the current interest in their other defender Michael Keane. Despite their head coach Sean Dyche being keen to say he’ll be staying at Burnley, he could still be set to make a £20m move to Leicester City and Tarkowski may become a starter should that happen.

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