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Wolves ‘inquire’ about Burnley defender Tarkowski – claim

Wolves have inquired about Burnley defender James Tarkowski as Nuno Espirito Santo looks to strengthen his defence.

The Times claim the 26-year-old England international is the subject of Wolves’ and other interest too, with Leicester targeting him and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in case Harry Maguire moves to Manchester United or Manchester City this summer.

Burnley are in no hurry to sell and Tarkowski still has three years left to run on his contract. But the attraction of Europa League football is bound to be of interest to the Mancunian former Brentford centre back, who has been capped twice and was previously linked with Liverpool.

Wolves head coach Nuno is understood to want to strengthen his defence this summer, with Ryan Bennett’s position as right-sided centre back expected to come under scrutiny. Wolves are currently lining up targets at home and abroad. Tarkowski is used to playing in a back two at Turf Moor – alongside Ben Mee – rather than the three Wolves deploy, but would back himself to adapt to Nuno’s way of playing if he joined.

The club have also been linked with a move for Mexico international Edson Alvarez. But it’s understood no move has yet been made for the Club America defender and international team-mate of Raul Jimenez.

If Tarkowski is to move, Burnley could be expected to make a handsome profit on the £3m they paid Brentford in February 2016. Since then he has made 89 League appearances, helping the Clarets to seventh position in 2017-18 and playing 35 Premier League matches last season.

Tarkowski started his career with Oldham in 2011 and made 72 League appearances for the Latics before being snapped up in January 2014 by Brentford. At Griffin Park he won promotion to the Championship in his first season, adding another 70 games in two years prior to switching to Burnley. The defender then helped the Clarets to automation promotion as title winners in 2015-16. They were third in the table when he joined.

Tarkowski has already scored for Wolves – an own goal which turned out to be the winner in a 2-1 Championship victory for Kenny Jackett’s side against the Bees on December 28, 2014.

He was one of five players on standby for Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad last year but withdrew to have a hernia operation.