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Everton confirm signing of James Tarkowski on a free transfer

Everton confirm James Tarkowski’s signing on a free transfer with ex-Burnley defender who claims manager Frank Lampard’s ambitions and fan base were huge draws for him

  • Everton have completed the signing of James Tarkowski on a free transfer
  • The 29-year-old spent six seasons with Burnley, who were relegated last season
  • Tarkowski said he was ‘excited’ to join Everton, which is a ‘huge club’

Everton have confirmed James Tarkowski’s transfer and revealed the 29-year-old in club colors on Saturday.

Tarkowski joins Burnley after five years. He left the club following their relegation from the Premier League when his contract expired and impressed in his six years with the Northwest club.

Tarkowski said he was “excited” to join Everton and that it is a “huge club”. He added that talks with manager Frank Lampard and his vision for the team were a key factor in his decision to join.

Everton has completed the transfer of ex-Burnley defender James Tarkowski on a free transfer

Everton has completed the transfer of ex-Burnley defender James Tarkowski on a free transfer

Tarkowski (right) played six seasons with Burnley, who were relegated at the end of last season

Tarkowski (right) played six seasons with Burnley, who were relegated at the end of last season

“When I spoke to the manager it was very important to see what he wants from his players and his team, what he saw in me and why he wanted to sign me,” Tarkowski told Everton’s club website.

“Speaking to (Football Director) Kevin Thelwell also played a part. They both talked about the ambition here that was very important to me.

“I’m an ambitious person, I want to perform, I want to win things and I came here to be successful.”

Tarkowski said he was impressed by manager Frank Lampard's ambitions for Everton

Tarkowski said he was impressed by manager Frank Lampard’s ambitions for Everton

Tarkowski also paid tribute to the fans of the Toffees, who Lampard believes played a key role in supporting the team and helping them escape relegation last season.

“The support they gave the team last season has been incredible,” Tarkowski said.

‘You saw how big the fan base is. Despite a difficult season, Everton fans stood behind their team more than ever.

Lampard ready to take on former club Chelsea for Conor Gallagher (left) and Billy Gilmour

Lampard ready to take on former club Chelsea for Conor Gallagher (left) and Billy Gilmour

“I think they are a huge factor at this club. Hopefully there are good times ahead and with the talent we have in the squad we can give the fans something they really enjoy.”

Lampard is far from finished in the transfer window and is looking to strengthen his team at Everton, despite the club’s dire financial situation.

He wants to raid his old club Chelsea in hopes of loaning Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour and Armando Broja to Goodison Park. Christian Eriksen and Jesse Lingard are also on Lampard’s radar.

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