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West Ham are set to drop their interest in James Tarkowski as they expect him to join Newcastle this summer.

The Premier League Hammers are long-term admirers of Burnley stopper Tarkowski, who they bid for in 2020. Now the defender, 29, who has two England caps, is finally set to quit Turf Moor this summer when his contract expires. Toon boss Eddie Howe is desperate to bring in a new centre-back and wants Tarkowski, who has a 69 percent tackle success this term in the Premier League, where he has also won 228 duels.

Newcastle have huge funds after their Saudi takeover and can offer Tarkowski a big rise on his current £50,000-a-week wages. West Ham boss David Moyes also wants a centre-back and likes Tarkowski but is now considering other options.

Howe stated on Thursday, at his weekly press briefing, that his recruitment team will show "ambition" when buying players in the next window but don't want a huge influx. Howe, who spent £91million in January, explained: "I’m always a firm believer that you don’t want to make too many changes. Too many incomings can have a negative effect on the group. Those numbers were right for January – and that was what the team needed.

“The feel was enhanced by the players we brought it. Their attitudes and mentality was very good, and, instantly, you felt the uplift from those players. That’s not always the case when you sign new players. The balance can be rocked. I have to be mindful of that this summer. That’s a good line, evolution not revolution. I’ve adopted it, and I continue to use it." Newcastle are set to be active in the summer and potentially signing Tarkowski on a free would suit them.

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is keen to bring in another defender when the summer transfer window opens (REUTERS)

Howe explained: “FFP does impact what we can do in the summer but it doesn't mean we're totally without ambition. We're well aware that we have to change the squad and we have to make improvements but it's going to be a difficult balance. We've sat down and discussed the squad and I think we have a very good vision of where we want to take the team. Now the hard part comes where you have to reshape the squad, both ins and outs, and try to come back with a better squad.

"With Financial Fair Play, we have restraints and we have things that we have to work within, so we can't just go out and spend money on players like maybe teams could have done in the past and totally change their squad within one transfer window. That is not an option for us. The more money you spend in one window, the more it impacts your ability to then spend in windows beyond. The rules are there to govern the game properly and we have to follow suit, so that does impact what we can do this summer. "We want to try to bring the right players in, ones that are proud to wear the shirt and that can make a difference.”

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