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Tarkowski finally unveiled as an Everton player


Saturday, 2 June, 2022 comments  |  Jump to last


James Tarkowski is officially an Everton player after the club were able to announce his acquisition on a free transfer from Burnley now that his contract at Turf Moor has expired.

The defender leaves the relegated Clarets after six years to become the Toffees' first signing of the summer on the same day that confirmation of Richarlison's departure to Tottenham Hotspur is expected from the London club.

Tarkowski began his career at Oldham Athletic and spent two seasons at Brentford before joining Burnley in 2016. He will bring plenty of experience and an encouraging injury record to Everton who have sought to bolster their back line given Yerry Mina's injury problems and the fact that Jarrad Branthwaite is expected to go out on loan to gain more first-team experience this coming season.

The negotiations to bring Tarkowski Goodison Park, which include reported wages of £90,000 a week and an undisclosed signing-on fee, were wrapped up a couple of weeks ago but Everton elected to delay the announcement of his arrival until his Burnley term was up on 30th June, perhaps in light of the concerns raised by Burnley and Leeds United over Everton's accounting procedures and the huge portion of their losses that have been written off to Covid.

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Tarkowski signed a four-year contract with the Blues and will wear the No. 2 jersey vacated by Jonjoe Kenny who recently signed for Hertha Berlin.

"I'm an ambitious person. I want to achieve. I want to win things and I've come here to be successful," Tarkowski said.

"Speaking 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," he added.

"I think the manager recognised my strengths, saw how I could fit into his system and hopefully improve the team.

"He also saw my character and leadership skills - that what I can bring to a group will be good and positive."

 

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