Everton make move to beat Aston Villa to signing of James Tarkowski

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Burnley's English defender James Tarkowski celebrates on the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Watford and Burnley at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London, on April 30, 2022. - GETTY IMAGES
Burnley's English defender James Tarkowski celebrates on the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Watford and Burnley at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London, on April 30, 2022. - GETTY IMAGES

Everton have made a move to try to beat Aston Villa to the signing of James Tarkowski after Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League.

Tarkowski is out of contract this summer and has attracted strong interest from Villa, who are targeting a new central defender after confirming the signing of midfielder Boubacar Kamara from Marseille.

But Everton have jumped to the front of the queue for Tarkowski by offering the central defender a contract worth around £90,000-a-week and outlining the ambition of head coach Frank Lampard.

Having guided Everton to Premier League safety, Lampard wants around four or five new players this summer but is restricted by the fact the club are unlikely to spend big.

That makes Tarkowski the perfect signing on a free transfer to lead his Goodison Park revolution, although the 29-year-old is yet to make a firm decision on his next destination.

Villa could yet try to trump Everton to his signing by making a firm offer of their own, but Lampard has made the biggest push so far, believing Tarkowski is the perfect profile of player to strengthen his defence.

Tarkowski is understood to be keen to make a decision on his future before he goes on holiday, having spent seven seasons at Burnley where he has consistently been one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

As well as Tarkowski, Villa are thought to be one of a number of clubs monitoring whether or not AC Milan wrap up the signing of Sven Botman from Lille.

Sven Adriaan BOTMAN (losc) during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille and Lyon at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 12, 2021 in Lille, France. - GETTY IMAGES
Sven Adriaan BOTMAN (losc) during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille and Lyon at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 12, 2021 in Lille, France. - GETTY IMAGES

Villa have made a fast start to the transfer window by adding Kamara, who has joined on a free transfer, to the permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Head coach Steven Gerrard said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract one of the most promising young talents in European football. We have a very clear plan to make our team stronger and Bouba is an important part of that.”

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting