Everton: Lampard can make 'perfect signing' at Goodison Park with £19.8m star

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Burnley defender James Tarkowski would be the “perfect signing” for Everton this summer, claims journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has recently been linked with a move to Goodison Park.

What is the latest news involving Tarkowski?

Football Insider recently claimed that Everton are keen on signing Tarkowski in the upcoming transfer window if they avoid relegation.

The same outlet states that the Toffees are in the market for a proven Premier League centre-back, with the £19.8m-rated Englishman fitting that criteria.

In total, Tarkowski has spent six seasons in the top flight with Burnley, making just over 190 appearances.

However, his time at Turf Moor now looks to be coming to an end as he approaches the final month of his contract.

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What has O’Rourke said about Tarkowski to Everton?

Given their defensive problems this term, O’Rourke thinks Tarkowski would be a great addition to Frank Lampard’s side.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider said: “For Everton right now, they probably need somebody with a bit of leadership in that backline, someone who can dominate as well and put their head on the line and put it into dangerous areas to clear things.

“So I think Tarkowski would be the perfect fit for them because they do obviously need some defensive reinforcements in the summer considering their defensive record this season. They’ve conceded so many goals, so I think Tarkowski would be a perfect signing for Frank Lampard’s side.”

How likely is Tarkowski to join Everton this summer?

If Everton can beat the drop and retain their status as a Premier League outfit, then there is a very good chance.

Lampard is now in charge, and it is believed that the Everton boss targeted Tarkowski during his days in the Stamford Bridge dugout.

According to The Athletic, Lampard wanted to buy the 6 ft 1 England international when he was Chelsea manager, but Blues director Marina Granovskaia was not keen on a deal.

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In the end, things worked out well for the west London club, with the same report stating that they instead turned to Thiago Silva in their search for a new centre-back during the 2020 summer transfer window.

With Tarkowski remaining at Burnley instead of joining Chelsea, Everton have a great opportunity to sign him once the market reopens.

In 33 games this season, the Toffees have conceded 55 goals, so they could definitely do with some defensive reinforcements ahead of the next campaign.

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