By Declan Walsh

8th Jun, 2022 | 3:40pm

Everton verbally agree deal to sign James Tarkowski as Lampard update shared - Fabrizio Romano

Everton have verbally agreed personal terms to sign centre-back James Tarkowski on a free transfer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Guardian journalist reported via his personal Twitter account on 8 June that the Blues are now set to sign the 29-year-old defender, whose contract at Burnley expires at the end of the month.

It is understood that Tarkowski is a signing pushed through by Frank Lampard and all that remains for the deal to be done is for paperwork to be finalised.

Deal close

It shouldn’t be long before Everton wrap up their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Tarkowski may have been relegated with Burnley but we have to say that he’ll be a massive upgrade on what Lampard already has in his defence at Goodison Park.

Burnley were relegated for numerous reasons but you’d definitely say that the defenders were less to blame than others in the squad at Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche’s sacking, a failure to score goals and a ridiculous takeover haven’t helped the Clarets, who’ll do well to return to the Premier League instantly now they’re a Championship club once more.

Tarkowski has been one of the better English centre-backs of the last five years.

He’s played twice for the Three Lions and been a mainstay of some good seasons at Burnley.

The ex-Brentford ace has 194 Premier League appearances under his belt and is really good in the air so he should help Everton fix many issues in their backline.

Tarkowski can also provide a goal-threat, which is something we’d like to see a lot more of with some good set-piece takers in this Everton side.

In other Everton news, the Blues could be forced into a big sale as Alisher Usmanov’s name is mentioned in a transfer report.

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