Everton are going “all out” to try and bring Burnley defender James Tarkowski to Goodison Park this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The England international has emerged as a primary name on Frank Lampard’s defensive wish list and Jones believes the Toffees hierarchy are doing all they can to add him to their squad.
What’s the latest news involving Tarkowski?
Everton might have eventually avoided relegation, but they still finished 16th and conceded a whopping 66 goals, which meant they had the fifth-worst defensive record in the Premier League.
As a result, defensive acquisitions are desperately needed as Lampard hopes to build a backline that can lay the foundations of a squad capable of challenging for a top half place or better next season.
Tarkowski has been identified as one centre-back addition and Everton appear close to making the 6ft star, who played 194 games in the top-flight for Burnley, their first summer addition.
According to iNews, the Toffees are hopeful of completing a deal for the 29-year-old, despite competition from Newcastle, Leeds, and Aston Villa, while Football Insider believe Tarkowski is set to undergo a medical today ahead of a free transfer move from Turf Moor.
What did Jones say about Tarkowski?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “The club are going all out to get him and some of the other teams that are interested in signing Tarkowski are quite surprised how aggressive Everton are seemingly being with their contract offer, but maybe he’s that important to them.”
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Would Tarkowski be a good signing for Everton?
Bringing in Tarkowski wouldn’t be the glamorous name that some Evertonians might be expecting, but after what was a wretched season at the back, this would be the first step in the right direction.
The ex-Brentford man wasn’t able to save Burnley from relegation, but he’s proved time and time again that he’s a very solid and capable defender at Premier League level.
Tarkowski’s ability to keep himself injury-free will surely be another selling point for Lampard. Across the last four seasons, he’s missed eight out of a possible 152 Premier League games, which might be another in a long line of reasons Everton are desperate to bring him to Goodison.
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