Everton agree deal to sign James Tarkowski on a free transfer

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Everton have completed the signing of the former Burnley defender James Tarkowski on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old arrives at Goodison Park with a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt, and he will be hoping to help Everton tighten up at the back.

Frank Lampard’s side were quite disappointing defensively last season, and they will need to improve at the back if they want to finish in the top half next season.

The 29-year-old’s contract with Burnley expired last month, and signing him up on a free transfer could prove to be a massive bargain for the Toffees.

Tarkowski was an established Premier League player with the Clarets, and he deserves to stay in the Premier League following the relegation of Burnley.

Apart from his qualities as a defender, the 29-year-old was one of the leaders in the Burnley squad, and he could be influential to Everton on and off the pitch.

Furthermore, he could mentor the young defenders at Goodison Park and help them develop.

Everton have splashed out on defenders before, but players like Yerry Mina have struggled with persistent injury problems. Tarkowski’s arrival should sort out the problem of availability for the Toffees.

The 29-year-old has missed just 8 Premier League games in the last 4 seasons, and his ability to stay fit could prove to be priceless for Frank Lampard and Everton.

The defender is already well settled in the Premier League, and he should be able to hit the ground running at Everton next season.

The Toffees will need to improve their attacking options now after the departure of Brazilian striker Richarlison. It will be interesting to see if Lampard can bring in the necessary reinforcements before the Premier League season begins in August.