By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

26th May, 2022 | 7:40pm

Sky Sports pundit excited by Everton pursuit of James Tarkowski with £90k-a-week deal offered

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

James Tarkowski has been a “rock” for Burnley and is exactly the right type of business Everton should be doing says Kevin Campbell.

The Telegraph reported this week (23 May) that the Toffees had offered the out-of-contract Claret’s centre-back a £90,000-a-week deal, as Frank Lampard believes he is the “perfect profile of player to strengthen his defence”.

The defence has been a major weakness throughout the relegation battle and Sky Sports pundit Campbell is fully behind the club’s early move to strengthen as they look to avoid a repeat of this year.

“Yeah I think so. I think Tark is a good player,” he told Goodison News on whether it was the right business for the club to be doing.

“He’s been around the Premier League a lot, and been a real rock at the back for Burnley for a good number of years now.

“A kind of unsung hero type, he’s always been ever present hasn’t he?

“And he just does his job. That’s the other thing, the good thing.

“He can defend and he does his job, it’s important. 

“So I think that would be a good bit of business by Everton.”

With Yerry Mina so often unavailable through injury, and the likes of Michael Keane and Mason Holgate proving to be inconsistent at best, there is a pressing need to shore up the back line.

Ben Godfrey has also suffered with fitness issues and the instability in defence has held back the whole team.

Considering the financial constraints at the club a free transfer for a 29-year-old Premier League stalwart sounds too good to be true but the Toffees appear to be a strong contender to land him, especially after their main competition Aston Villa agreed a big money deal for Diego Carlos (BBC Sport).

In other Everton news, one Toffee who was attracting interest ahead of becoming a free agent has signed a new deal and is set for pre-season with Frank Lampard.

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