Player compared to Rangers star subject of £30m bid; his club want £50m
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Player compared to Rangers star subject of £30m bid; his club want £50m

An England international once compared to a young Rangers star has reportedly been the subject of £30m interest in the bonkers Premier League market.

England international and Burnley defender James Tarkowski was once compared to fellow ex-Oldham star George Edmundson as the centre-half moved to Ibrox last season.

James Tarkowski has reportedly been the subject of a £30m bid from West Ham for his services. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Now Tarkowski has reportedly been the subject of a rejected £30m from Premier League West Ham with the Clarets reportedly holding out for a whopping £50m for the player [Sky Sports].

Tarkowski, 27, started his career at Oldham like George Edmundson and was sold to Brentford as one of the club’s most exciting youth prospects in 2014.

After two years in London he moved to Burnley and has gone on to carve out an impressive career in the Premier League, making over 140 appearances for the Turf Moor club and earning two England caps.

Tarkowski was compared to Edmundson, 23, in comments made by former Oldham star Lee Croft.

“I’d say he’s quite an old-fashioned type of centre half, he’s strong in the air, loves a tackle, but he’s came on a lot on the ball as well,” Croft told the Daily Record.

“He’s still only 21, which is young for centre backs, so there is a lot of potential there as well.

“I’d probably compare him with James Tarkowski, who came through at Oldham and is now a big player for Burnley in the Premier League and gone on to play for England.

“Like James, George has played a lot of games in the lower divisions and really learned the game in a tough environment.

Having previously played with Oldham Rangers star George Edmundson has been compared to Burnley defender Tarkowski. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He can go all the way like Tarko.”

If Croft’s comments do end up ringing true, then going by the reported price of Tarkowski in the English market Rangers could have a real asset on their hands in George Edmundson.