Any decision to sell Burnley defender James Tarkowski will be made at board level, claims manager Sean Dyche.

Speculation regarding the England defender’s future at Turf Moor has been rife in recent weeks, with West Ham and Leicester City reportedly interested in the centre back’s signature.

West Ham have bid twice for Tarkowski’s services, in bids believed to be worth up to £31m, with the Clarets rejecting both offers to date.

However, with the clock ticking down until the end of the transfer window, Tarkowski could yet be on his way out of the club, despite the wishes of manager Sean Dyche to keep him at Burnley.

Speaking after last weekend’s defeat to Southampton, Dyche said of Tarkowski’s future:

“It will be a board decision, I certainly want to keep him make no mistake.

“He is a very important player here and I feel it is very important that we keep him.”

Leicester is still very much a possibility, with reports claiming they too have offered £30m for the 27-year-old.

Brendan Rodgers is currently chasing Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana and may swoop for Tarkowski if that deal doesn’t come off.

According to newspaper the Daily Mail, Burnley are only prepared to entertain offers for the defender closer to £40m, with £37m said to be the magic number.

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