Newcastle lead pursuit of James Tarkowski but will need big offer with Burnley still angry over Chris Wood transfer

NEWCASTLE’s hopes of landing James Tarkowski are rising as their two main rivals fall back.

Eddie Howe wants Burnley’s powerful centre-half to join his fight for survival and will make an offer that will tempt the Clarets to let him follow Chris Wood to the Toon.

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Burnley defender James Tarkowski could be on his way to Newcastle

Burnley are ready to make an offer and the Geordies are the only horse in the race as West Ham are now looking elsewhere while Leicester focus on a short-term loan solution.

But Clarets fans and manager Sean Dyche will be unhappy to see another of their biggest names slip away to relegation rivals.

Wood, 30, signed a 2½-year contract after the Magpies activated the £25m clause in his Clarets’ contract.

And he said, ‘I don’t think anyone ever thought it would come on.

“You’re only as good as what the club want to pay for you. If that’s what Newcastle thought I was worth, then that’s it.

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“You never know, six months from now you might look back and say it’s a lot and it would be worth it.

“In that sense, the number on the deal doesn’t bother me.

“I don’t feel too old – I have a lot more to give and I’m in my prime.”

Swedish right-back Emil Krafth is ready to stay and fight for his place despite interest from Spanish clubs and the arrival of Kieran Trippier.

Burnley are considering signing Welsh veteran Aaron Ramsey on loan from Juventus – but he wanted to join Crystal Palace.

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