Everton have been heavily linked with James Tarkowski for a long time as they are attempting to bolster their defence following a disappointing Premier League season, and a fresh update has now emerged in that regard from a reliable journalist.
According to journalist Ryan Taylor, the Toffees have now submitted a formal contract offer for the 29-year-old centre-back.
The Daily Express reporter tweeted: “Everton also hopeful of wrapping up signing of James Tarkowski on free transfer after submitting formal contract offer.”
There is definitely a need for defensive reinforcements in the Everton team, so the news that Tarkowski is seemingly closer to sealing a move to Goodison Park will surely leave supporters buzzing.
The Toffees struggled in the Premier League this season and their back-line came under severe scrutiny for their lacklustre performances, with Jamie Carragher labelling the defence a “Championship back four” following a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Spurs in March.
Not only have the performances been poor, with Frank Lampard’s side conceding the fifth-most goals in the Premier League this season (66), they have also been plagued with injuries to some of their most consistent and experienced defenders.
Both Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina have suffered multiple injury problems this season, so signing a consistent and reliable centre-back in Tarkowski would be a major coup and amazing business on Moshiri’s part especially – they would sign him on a free transfer as he is out of contract with recently-relegated Burnley.
Tarkowski has proven with his performances this season that he deserves to play Premier League football despite the Clarets’ relegation woes.
As per SofaScore, the 29-year-old scored one goal and delivered two assists in the recent top-flight campaign, whilst making 1.4 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 5.2 clearances per game. He won the majority of his duels (68%) and was successful with 71% of his dribbles, demonstrating that he has been a solid force and would likely be a great addition to the Everton team.
With that in mind, Moshiri and Frank Lampard could be on to a winner if they complete the signing of the defender, and it would be a great first summer signing for the Toffees to set the standard for the changes that the club want to make ahead of next season.