By Declan Walsh

17th Jun, 2022 | 7:10am

Everton agree agent fee to sign James Tarkowski, medical done - Fabrizio Romano

James Tarkowski has completed a medical at Everton and is currently on holiday ahead of his move from Burnley being made official, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster reported via their live transfer blog on Thursday (16 June, 08:03pm) that an announcement won’t be made until his contract ends at Burnley at the end of June due to the friction between the Blues and the relegated club.

Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano added via his personal Twitter account on Friday morning (17 June) that there’s a “full agreement” for Tarkowski, 29, on personal terms while and agent fee has also been agreed.

Romano adds that Tarkowski has completed his medical and as he’s set to sign with an “official statement pending”, it’s safe to say that the centre-back passed his checks.

All but done

We’re not sure why Everton feel the need to wait until the end of the month to announce Tarkowski’s arrival from Burnley.

At the end of the day, everyone knows that he’s on his way out of Turf Moor and it’s one of the worst kept secrets in the North-West that he’s set to join the Toffees.

Burnley have complained about Everton’s finances to the Premier League in what feels like a desperate attempt to try and justify why they were relegated.

It’s almost as if the Clarets and blaming our spending for their demise when really, they sacked their best manager in decades with just a handful of games left to play and bottled it against Newcastle on the final day when they were in a better position that Leeds to stay up.

We’ve got no idea why Everton feel as though holding back on the announcement of signing a free agent would do anything. Just do it. Who cares and why would Burnley care if the deal is announced today, tomorrow or on 1 July?

Tarkowski should be a good signing for Everton.

Our defence has been woeful, especially at set-pieces.

Tarkowski’s aerial presence and intelligence should see our back-line be infinitely better next season.

In other Everton news, the Toffees want to sign this £42.9million central midfielder as soon as Peter Kenyon’s consortium completes a takeover at Goodison Park.

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