Everton have spent the majority of the summer so far seemingly chasing the signature of James Tarkowski – and Ian Abrahams on Twitter has revealed he expects a deal to be done before the end of the week.
The 29-year-old has been excellent for Burnley during his time at the club in the Premier League and with the side now demoted to the Championship, it means that he is likely to have plenty of suitors from higher up.
One of those has been the Toffees, who have been the frontrunners for some time. A medical was held earlier this week and it looks like a deal could finally be pushed through before the week is out.
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In addition to that, Abrahams has revealed that a deal could be on a four-year deal – and that means his long-term future is certainly tied up to Goodison Park.
Tarkowski has managed a total of 194 showings in the top flight so far during his career and now has the experience, knowhow and ability to be a real asset in the Championship. However, this has also worked against Burnley, with the player now clearly seen as capable to play much higher up the football pyramid.
That means that the offer of Premier League football for the defender was always likely to come in – and now it appears as if the Clarets won’t benefit from having Tarkowski in their squad back in the second tier, as he looks set to seal a switch to Everton from the club.
James Tarkowski is a very good Premier League standard player and a defender who can be part of most backlines in the top flight.
It’s no surprise to see the player then close to a switch to Everton and the Toffees will certainly benefit from the addition of the 29-year-old in their squad and in their defence. The club want to push away from the relegation zone and this kind of signing would certainly help.
As for Burnley, they will suffer a huge blow if they lose the player. They still have other top flight quality players in their squad and will likely be able to recruit plenty more during the offseason but Tarkowski has been with the side for years. He has plenty of ability to boot and could arguably be one of the best in the division if he stayed.
Now though, it looks like he won’t get chance to prove how good he could be in the Championship, with the Premier League awaiting him.