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Burnley are expecting Premier League rivals Leicester City to renew their interest in £40 million centre-back James Tarkowski during the transfer window, as reported by LancsLive. 

As Brendan Rodgers’ backline snapped and splintered during a torturous end to 2020/21, Burnley must have known that they were in for another summer of speculation. 

It is no secret that Leicester are long-time admirers of Tarkowski, having failed with a £30 million bid for the former Brentford youngster last September (BBC).

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With Wes Morgan retiring and Jonny Evans increasingly beset by injury problems, Leicester may be back on the blower before long, Turf Moor on speed dial. 

Will James Tarkowski be Leicester’s new Jonny Evans?

According to reports coming out of Lancashire, Burnley are bracing themselves for bids, with the Foxes expected to return to a familiar hunting ground.

Tarkowski is valued at £40 million but, with his contract expiring in 12 months, the Clarets may have no choice but to sell this time around. 

Especially given that Tarkowski has little interest in signing an extension. 

“Burnley offered me a contract near the start of last season, which, for me personally, it was nowhere near what I was going to sign and I think the club understood,” Tarkowski said back in November.  

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“There is nothing I have heard or has been put to me that makes me think there is a scenario in which I would sign a new contract at Burnley.” 

Seven months on, nothing has changed. 

What’s more, Burnley are now in the process of identifying replacements for Tarkowski, a belligerent yet ball-playing centre-half who would have no trouble adapting to Rodgers’ more progressive, possession-based gameplan. 

The Sun reports that Burnley are back in for long-term transfer target Joe Worrall, with Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Stoke City’s Harry Souttar also of interest. 

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