West Ham now have ‘real interest’ in £47k-a-week star at London Stadium

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West Ham United have ‘real interest’ in Burnley defender Charlie Taylor as manager David Moyes looks for further reinforcements, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Hammers have already brought in Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd and Flynn Downes this summer with several more fresh faces expected to arrive at the London Stadium.

What is the latest news involving Taylor?

Taylor has been a fantastic servant to the Clarets since arriving from Leeds United back in 2017, racking up 148 appearances across all competitions since then.

However, following Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League last season, they have embarked on a mass clearout of their first-team squad.

Experienced campaigners such as James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Erik Pieters, Phil Bardsley and Aaron Lennon have departed, allowing new manager Vincent Kompany to bring in his own players.

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And now it seems as though Taylor could be the next player to be shown the exit door at Turf Moor.

David Ornstein of The Athletic has revealed that Burnley have reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign left-back Ian Maatsen on a season-long loan, paving the way for Taylor to seek pastures new.

What has Jones said about Taylor?

Jones has informed GiveMeSport that West Ham are ‘looking for fresh options’ on the left-hand-side of defence and that Taylor is a player of interest to them.

He told GMS: “We know West Ham are looking for fresh options on the left side of defence, and I’m told they have real interest in Burnley’s Charlie Taylor.

“It’s an especially interesting one to crop up because Burnley have been looking to sign a left-back on loan.”

Would Taylor be a good signing?

Taylor, who has two years remaining on his current £47,000-per-week contract, has bags of Premier League experience under his belt.

The 28-year-old made 30 appearances in the top-flight last term as Burnley dropped into the Championship for the first time since 2015/16 but put in some very respectable underlying numbers.

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As per FBref, Taylor ranked in the 99th percentile for blocks, 92nd for aerial duels won, 88th for clearances and 85th for interceptions amongst fellow full-backs over the last year.

His arrival at the London Stadium, therefore, would surely provide significant cover and competition for Aaron Cresswell and offer an improvement on the services Arthur Masuaka currently provides to West Ham.

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