Everton are reported to have offered James Tarkowski a three-year contract and are confident of a favourable decision from the defender once he returns from his post-season holiday.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Burnley this summer and available on a free transfer, with Newcastle, Aston Villa, Fulham and the Blues all said to be keen on signing him.
According to the latest speculation, the first two of those clubs' interest has cooled, leaving Everton as the supposed front-runner ahead of the Cottagers.
Both journalist Ekrem Konur and Twitter source "El Bobble" are claiming that the Blues have offered Tarkowski a deal until 2025. Paul Joyce of The Times, meanwhile, says that Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell are "confident" of landing the defender.
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Meanwhile, the Mirror's John Anderson claims that Everton are also vying with Villa for Tarkowski's Turf Moor team-mate, Ben Mee, who is also set to leave Burnley on a free this close season.
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1 Posted 02/06/2022 at 13:55:02
2 Posted 02/06/2022 at 14:15:52
Everton wouldn't be that stupid to bring a guy in on crazy high wages and be stuck with the player until the contract runs out?
Would they? 🙄
3 Posted 02/06/2022 at 14:55:19
As others have stated -he is nearly 30 and is a brute. He nearly broke Richarlison in half.
I would echo Andrew Grey @6, go for Coady, the RS-supporting organiser of the Wolves backline. He might fancy it. The defence has problems but it is partly down to our overrun midfield.
Incidentally, in my opinion, Godfrey will never make a centre-half. His main attribute is pace, he is not particularly tall and has little positional sense.
Perhaps he could be a back-up covering various roles in the backline but he seems to have gone backwards.
4 Posted 02/06/2022 at 15:17:29
If we are selling Mina for a fee (I would say about £15-20 million), then securing Tarkowski on a free and about £80-90k/week makes absolute sense to me.
I would also sell Keane for a similar fee and bring in Bassey or Carter-Vickers. I like how Holgate stood up to be counted during the crucial period of the season, and I believe Frank relies on him.
Our centre-backs next season: Holgate, Godfrey, Tarkowski, Bassey, Branthwaite. On paper, a pretty decent line-up and gives Lampard quite a few options for his favoured back 3 approach.
5 Posted 02/06/2022 at 15:32:22
6 Posted 02/06/2022 at 15:56:16
1) We dont need another right-sided centre-back, we already have 4 of them.
2) Another centre-back would point to Frank maybe wanting to carry on with the 3/5 at the back.
If its a direct replacement for Godfrey, Holgate, or Keane, and we end up with £15m-£20m that we can spend elsewhere, then it may not be a bad call. Anything else feels like a waste.
7 Posted 02/06/2022 at 16:02:15
I remember some years back when many here sneered at the idea of us signing Mark Viduka, who had just been relegated with Leeds and even got disgracefully sent off in their last game to stay up. Boro signed him instead and enjoyed three immensely successful seasons with him.
Trauma can be pretty motivating. And the "loser's mentality" thing just makes me laugh. Richarlison is no loser. Keane was no loser. Jagielka was no loser. Come on, folks.
8 Posted 02/06/2022 at 16:34:28
9 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:03:52
As a player, he would be our best centre-back alongside Mina, with the difference being that Tarkowski barely misses a game.
If we can sell Keane (whos also on around £70k p/w) as a result of this move, then it is sensible business. My worry is that Lampard is eyeing up a back 3 which I have doubts over.
Essentially, the wisdom of this potential move would lie in the detail and its place within our wider business of the transfer window. But the lad wins his duels (more than any defender outside the Top 6), and thats often a good start.
10 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:11:33
But, he's awful when forced to play up the pitch with space around him. Turns like a submarine and has zero pace!
The only thing I can think of, is that Frank wants someone to help us defend set pieces and this lad is merely a stop-gap. I suppose you could also argue he's a nastier version of Keane so he may toughen us up a bit.
If we sell both Keane and Mina and raise funds to strengthen elsewhere, then maybe this transfer makes sense. Just keep him away from our Richarlison in training.
11 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:22:50
But I think also we should take a strong look at Carter-Vickers, whom I have previously dismissed based on his poor USA performances. I saw a whole new player last night when the USA demolished Morocco. Playing 49 games for Celtic this season seems to have matured him immensely. And he's 6 years younger than Tarkowski.
Eddie, positional sense can be learned. Godfrey slumped this season because he got so sick, and because he was never established in one position. He's the same size as Jagielka and can jump. Don't give up on him yet.
But forget Coady. No way in hell he's going to transfer down the Premier League table at age 29. Wolves love him. Ain't happening.
12 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:39:50
If we are getting rid of Mina (who I love but he cant be relied on to stay fit) and we can bring in a pacey centre-back to play alongside Tarkowski and Godfrey, with Branthwaite or Keane and Holgate as back-up, then Im all good.
At Chelsea, Lampard had Silva in the middle with two other players either side of him. Now Im not comparing Tarkowski to Silva but not being the most pacey player isnt an issue when playing a back 3 so long as the players either side are quick.
Just need to solve central midfield and one or two attacking options and suddenly things will look rosey again
13 Posted 02/06/2022 at 20:15:14
14 Posted 02/06/2022 at 20:51:22
15 Posted 02/06/2022 at 21:12:36
Look at Dawson at West Ham, or Johnny Evans at Leicester. Both were cheap signings who we were linked with, similar in ability to Tarkowski. The reaction to those players was equally disappointing. But both players have proven to be excellent performers.
One thing is for sure, Burnley didn't get relegated because of Tarkowski.
Ideal dream signing? No. Steady eddy to improve our woeful defence and help us to a stable 10th place? Most likely.
16 Posted 02/06/2022 at 22:44:12
Cameron Carter-Vickers has looked great this season. Could be a bargain. Though there's a few others I like and Kim Min-Jae is apparently talking to us and Spurs.
Does this mean Keane leaving? And Mina or Holgate?
A curious summer awaits.
17 Posted 02/06/2022 at 23:19:15
18 Posted 02/06/2022 at 00:05:48
I can see the sense of it though, looking at the situation with our finances. It gives us more reliability and hence stability at central defence and is a hard aggressive experienced head to play alongside any one of Branthwaite, Holgate or Godfrey over the next few years.
Also, it probably means one or two of our defenders are moving on. Probably initially Mina sold and Branthwaite out on loan.
Finance wise it allows us to compete better financially, in conjunction with other possible sales, for one or, more likely, two players in the big priority area of central midfield.
19 Posted 03/06/2022 at 00:06:48
Where do you stand on Pickford?
20 Posted 03/06/2022 at 00:31:49
Yes, it's where we're at financially, but it still sucks, just like offering Kenny a new contract.
21 Posted 03/06/2022 at 02:21:36
Selling Mina for ~£20M and bringing in Tarkowski for free on lower wages to play, week-in & week-out, is bloody good business for a team in the financial predicament we're in. He makes us stronger in a position of dire need, immediately.
I have no doubt most of our business this summer will be for younger players with potential, but this move raises the floor of our squad and directly addresses our weakness on set pieces. Depending on the Outs, I think we may see another centre-back come in with a bit more on the ball.
Not sexy, but very effective for the needs we have and the cash we don't. Townsend-like.
22 Posted 03/06/2022 at 06:08:58
I would expect Lampard to try to change this with transfers fitting his way of playing. I agree with Lee (10) that Tarkowski does not seem to be that ball playing central defender that we need.
He might be a prudent transfer as an upgrade on Holgate or Keane defensively, but he is not the answer to what we need to play modern football.
Christensen is leaving Chelsea on a free on his way to Barcelona. Barcelona seems unable to register him so we should take him on loan. He would make a difference.
23 Posted 03/06/2022 at 09:48:12
Interesting to see who he's paired with if he comes in. I've always thought he's very similar to Keane, and they're surely both too slow to play together.
24 Posted 03/06/2022 at 13:11:58
Whether he's a good player to push the defensive line further forward (as Mina does) is also hard to know. He's never been asked to do that Burnley.
Whether he's accomplished enough on the ball to play 3-4-3 / 5-3-2 etc is unclear too - although I really hope Lampard admits defeat with those formations. We haven't got anything like the right players.
If we're going to stick with a 4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1 etc compact defensive shape, and fairly rudimentary football while rebuilding the side, then this is logical.
The interesting thing is who he partners: Keane, Holgate or Branthwaite?
25 Posted 03/06/2022 at 13:32:12
So, on the balance of probabilities, Tarkowski could be better matched with one of our other central defenders and improve our goals against, which is important to tighten up at the back and improve our goal for stats.
On that basis, we should improve our league position.
26 Posted 03/06/2022 at 14:15:51
But, if Tarkowski were to join us, presumably one of the exiting four would be leaving. Loads to sort out this summer.
27 Posted 03/06/2022 at 14:25:27
28 Posted 03/06/2022 at 15:25:13
29 Posted 03/06/2022 at 15:29:30
Who really knows what is true or false.
The back four player we have to choose from didn't really shine last season and to be honest very few of the whole squad did and it was Pickford who got us out of jail near the end of the season.
This is a problem Lamps. has to resolve quickly and get a settled three or four whichever he wants to play.
If the Tarkowski deal is on then obviously there will be outgoings and it will be interesting to see who they are.
30 Posted 03/06/2022 at 15:40:35
31 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:02:23
32 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:09:22
33 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:18:51
I like Branthwaite, but he needs more experience. I expect the Ben Godfrey we saw in his first season to make a comeback next season. The jury is out on Holgate, although he ended the season well.
34 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:21:00
35 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:28:46
36 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:40:02
If my memory serves me right, he used to partner Keane. That's the only plus but I still don't see it fits with what Frank is after. I reckon he is more likely to find a partner for Holgate. But what do I know, just hope it's what both Lampard and Thelwell want...
37 Posted 03/06/2022 at 16:55:30
Steve # 35, a season or two playing unsophisticated low block football is a horrible prospect as a spectacle - but may be no bad thing from a results point of view.
Leicester over achieved with Huth and Morgan at centre half - and have since transformed into a very good footballing side
Perhaps we can do something similar if we get the midfield set up right ahead of that defence.
38 Posted 03/06/2022 at 17:09:40
Get £20M for him and get this lad on a free. Makes it good business because Tarkowski seems to play every week and looks a tough git.
39 Posted 03/06/2022 at 17:10:02
Robert #37, at the time I considered Keane much the better of the two Burnley centre-backs. My objection to Keane was that he wasn't Steve Cook, a similar player who was available for less than half the price. He wound up staying with Bournemouth and will now be returning to the Premier League with Nottm Forest. Cook's leadership, the kind of leadership Keane cannot deliver, would have made a big difference to this club over the past 5 years.
40 Posted 03/06/2022 at 17:10:46
Ben Mee has been the best defender at Burnley for 10 years.
Similar to Jagielka with us. Lescott, Distan and Stones looked good due to Jags sweeping up for them.
41 Posted 03/06/2022 at 17:23:29
In fairness, with Gueye ahead of them, Keane and Zouma were very good – and didn't look like something that needing fixing when we finished 8th.
So again, with the right midfield, it may come together.
42 Posted 03/06/2022 at 18:43:37
He is similar to Keane, barely an upgrade. If we had a buyer for Keane then sure, if we can sell Mina I'd like to see Kim Min-Jae come in, the guy looks a beast on YouTube, which of course is an excellent indicator of a player's quality... (Take a bow, Oumar Niasse! :)
43 Posted 03/06/2022 at 22:24:58
44 Posted 03/06/2022 at 23:09:36
ery valid point about Burnley's defensive record. Ten teams conceded more goals than them – including Man Utd.
45 Posted 03/06/2022 at 23:20:05
Keane has confidence issues and is too nice
Tarkowski is a shit house. Weve been too nice as a team for many years.
46 Posted 04/06/2022 at 00:19:07
Well, Benitez brought Townsend and Gray almost for free, so this would be a continuation of that type of business.
On Godfrey, I don't know what to think. I don't know if he has little ability with the ball or little positional sense. I believe it's the second. But he is our best center-back IMO.
47 Posted 04/06/2022 at 07:19:33
Firstly, I think Tarkowski would bring a bit of badly needed bite to our defence. However, I smile when I see comments about traumatised players and relegated clubs.
Have you not forgotten that Pickford also came from relegated Sunderland? Although sometimes you would think he can be traumatised.
48 Posted 04/06/2022 at 07:36:44
The target for the next season or two is to solidify, be hard to beat and avoid relegation while building a new team. I think Tarkowski helps us do that.
For the last two seasons, he's been better than Keane and Holgate and Mina. He wins one of the highest percentage of duels in the Premier League; 2 years back, he had the most blocks and the second most clearances in the whole top 5 European leagues.
Crucially (unlike Keane) he could be a leader and he always seems to be fit. He's a real battler and I think that would make him very popular at Goodison.
The worry is that he becomes an Ashley Williams (who was great at Swansea but struggled to adapt with us) but the Welshman was 32 when he signed and Tarkowski is 29 and relies more on reading the game than pace.
If he comes, I think he'd become a fan favourite and would be very useful for at least 2-3 years while we rebuild and try to get back to mid-table mediocrity.
It will be interesting to see who he plays with. I'm a big Yerry fan and I don't think many centre-forwards would relish coming up against two narky strongmen in Tarkowski and Mina but it depends which of the centre-backs get sold.
49 Posted 04/06/2022 at 08:17:24
We need a leader. I personally think Mina can be that, but he just isn't fit for long enough. Sadly, because aside from his ability, he is a character any team would want in the changing room.
Maybe this is where we are in the transfer market. My concern is that this is more of the same and not the type of player the manager wants to be able to play the style of football he wants to. Maybe it's needs must.
I'm well documented on Keane. He looks good when we sit deep, but I don't want us doing that. It invites trouble and gambles with the law of averages. Invite trouble and eventually you will concede. Play on the front foot with the right players and you win more games.
Holgate seems to have rapidly matured since Lampard came in. He's not a write-off. Godfrey is young and has potential. The full-backs are young and have potential. Branthwaite is young and has potential.
We might have to wait a season or two and add that commanding, forward-thinking centre-back, but our defence is young and full of potential.
I'm not convinced with this one and would rather we looked to the continent to get value for money. But I suppose the first aim is to fix the broken tiles and stop the leaking roof.
50 Posted 04/06/2022 at 11:15:23
51 Posted 05/06/2022 at 03:32:21
Surely if true, then it would mean Mina is off; it would be ludicrous to keep Mina's £120k a week on the books while adding north of £90k for another centre-half in our current financial predicament.
I think he will be a solid signing – not glamorous… but steady and reliable – almost like when we signed Distin. My only worry is will he be able to play in a higher line? I'm sure that is what Frank will want to implement this season.
52 Posted 05/06/2022 at 05:26:45
If they're not offloading Mina and they do this?
Just straight stupid.
53 Posted 05/06/2022 at 06:34:15
Jamie, because Mina and Tarkowski would be one of the more solid center-back pairings in the Premier League. And because Keane may be more marketable than Mina at this point. He's only a year and a half older, has a better health record, and is on a much friendlier contract.
54 Posted 05/06/2022 at 08:28:00
55 Posted 06/06/2022 at 16:04:38
56 Posted 07/06/2022 at 21:43:06
57 Posted 07/06/2022 at 21:56:29
I just looked up Tarkowski's stats to find he's played in pretty much all of Burnley's Premier League over the last few years. That alone will be a big improvement!
58 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:10:11
Tarkowski at least gives us Premier League player who knows how to defend and rough up forwards. He's free and the wages aren't ridiculous.
Hopefully there's a bit of money available to rebuild our really awful midfield.
59 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:13:01
60 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:14:30
61 Posted 08/06/2022 at 10:14:46
62 Posted 08/06/2022 at 10:26:46
We really need to somehow get Gomes gone now and sort the midfield out. Doncoure can't pass to save his life but he is good on his day. Big summer for me, Thelwell!
63 Posted 08/06/2022 at 10:34:18
64 Posted 08/06/2022 at 10:42:00
He is a huge man for a footballer and looks like he should be holding up a scrum.
65 Posted 08/06/2022 at 11:12:49
66 Posted 08/06/2022 at 11:20:18
67 Posted 08/06/2022 at 12:23:26
Yes, I'm now hearing big Yerry is off to Marseille. Don't know where the Sevilla rumour transpired. Also heard Tarkowski has been offered £90k a week and not the reported £120k. But hey you know what rumour city is like.
68 Posted 08/06/2022 at 12:31:16
That didn't turn out too badly.
69 Posted 08/06/2022 at 12:50:12
Unfortunately he had too many injuries to be a viable member of the team. If he could have stayed injury-free, he would have been the first name on the team sheet every week without fail.
70 Posted 08/06/2022 at 13:38:16
71 Posted 08/06/2022 at 13:47:31
72 Posted 08/06/2022 at 14:20:29
If I were Frank, I would go sniffing at Chelsea, and try and get one if not both of Conor Gallagher, or Batshuayi, seems unlikely on the Gallagher front, but think we have a decent chance getting Batshuayi.
Sounds like Chelsea will allow Batshuayi to go on the cheap less than £20 Million, could be a very shrewd signing and at 28 still some years left in the tank.
73 Posted 08/06/2022 at 14:41:51
If we can keep Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin, then we are two central mid-fielders away from a reasonable first 11 that might push us towards mid-table.
Gray or Gordon
If possible, sell:
74 Posted 08/06/2022 at 15:17:54
Brian there's a good reason Chelsea have let Batshuayi go on loan to Dortmund, Valencia, Palace and finally Besiktas.
It's coz he's not very good mate, and we've enough of "not very good" players already, IMHO.
75 Posted 08/06/2022 at 15:20:13
Evertom were a disaster from set-pieces last season and even when Mina was playing I was always nervous when the opposition had free-kicks and corners.
We all thought Keane was a good signing but Burnley knew that in Mee and Tarkowski they had a good partnership.
Keane may indeed establish himself again now that Lampard has had half a season to assess how he wants to set it up.
76 Posted 08/06/2022 at 15:23:31
77 Posted 08/06/2022 at 16:01:46
Now not for one minute is he the 30 goal a season striker we crave, but with regular starts, that guy will score you goals, a lot of the loans he has appeared as a sub, so his stats are even better.
With our ffp we are not going to attract the very best strikers, one they will not come to us, they will want a champs league football, however in Batshuayi he would come and if the price is right, could turn out to be one shrewd signing, given more game time,
Not the long term solution, but with our finances and lack of pulling power, we would get a few good seasons out the the guy, until we have got our finances more manageable and the new stadium moved into.
78 Posted 08/06/2022 at 16:24:47
But my favorite statistic for strikers is minutes-to-goals, and the fact is that in parts of five Premier League seasons, Bats has scored a goal every 153 minutes on the pitch. On his loans he has averaged a goal every 172 minutes. That's very good.
He may not look anything like a top player, but over the years he has proven to be a quality, professional scorer in top-level competition.
79 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:07:16
If you look at the stats where Lukaku normally always starts for Belguim, Lukaku has scored 68 goals in 102 appearances, while Batshuayi has scored 24 goals in 42 appearances for Belguim, mostly from the bench, then not much difference, be interesting to see the mins per goal playing for Belguim between the two players.
As for the ugly player, he could have a face like a bashed crab, as long he put the ball in the net.
80 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:07:38
Frank must have considered him. Used as a back-up striker, or impact from the bench he would bring a lot more than Rondon, who we need to offload. Could be a good addition for strength in depth up front.
81 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:28:35
I think Mike was referring to the way he plays rather than his mug.
82 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:44:47
At 29 he could provide some steady leadership if he continues his appearance form. I'm thinking that's £20M for a position that Mina could not stay in and we move Mina's wages.
83 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:55:23
84 Posted 08/06/2022 at 18:09:44
Reid? Gray? Van den Hauwe? Harper? Richardson? Sheedy?
It's not about having the best individual players it's about getting a proper team together. We seriously lack nasty bastards with a bit of leadership about them, maybe Lampard sees this in Tarkowski?
Don't be too quick to knock back the likes of Tarkowski.
85 Posted 08/06/2022 at 18:18:23
It can't be worse than last summer.
People know my views on what I want from our defence, but if he improves us to where we are right now then he get's my welcome to Everton. Any player always has done. Once they're an Everton player, I want them to succeed and I'll judge them on performances, not on whether I agreed with the signing in the first place or not.
So welcome and best wishes for your Everton career.
Just get me to Europe. And Wembley.
86 Posted 08/06/2022 at 18:21:41
You don't need a team of world beaters or superstars. You need a blend of skill, aggression, desire, commitment and ability. A blend of youth and experience.
Now you've started me on Kevin Sheedy. The dogs won't forgive you. And Paul Bracewell. They've left the room.
87 Posted 08/06/2022 at 19:11:05
88 Posted 08/06/2022 at 19:14:50
Velios - 3 goals in 321 minutes
Niasse - 8 goals, 1 every 166 minutes
Beckford - 8 goals, 1 every 174 minutes
So why did we sell them??
89 Posted 08/06/2022 at 19:25:40
Karlan Grant from WBA is another who has done consistently well in the Championship and could well make the grade.
One also wonders if Cole Palmer at Man City is not worth a punt. He is 20, so it is about time he started getting regular game time, but the fact is, he ain't gonna get much at City who now have Haaland. It would be an ambitious move, but a loan with an option could well be possible.
90 Posted 08/06/2022 at 19:32:25
Hopefully Chelsea will chase others and not give him the proper signal for advance within their squad. I don't know much about scouting but this one ticks all the boxes if we can get him for under £30M.
91 Posted 08/06/2022 at 19:59:42
I'm serious, I have found no other player even close except Erling Haaland, who is scoring every 82.5 minutes for Norway after 24 appearances. If anybody has better information, please share.
Lukaku is pretty spectacular too... he scores every 96 minutes for Belgium, which puts him on a par with what Pele did for Brazil.
92 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:02:13
Mike. Off the top of my head, Dixie got 18 in 16 caps.
Therell be others Im sure.
93 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:08:19
I'm just pointing out that, for a relatively obscure player, Batshuyai's national team numbers are mind-blowing.
94 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:09:33
95 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:36:00
His international strike ratio is certainly compelling.
However, as is the strike rate of the Serbian Mitrovic - who has also just had an incredible scoring season at championship level. I still wouldnt have him though.
Id proceed with absolute caution with Batshuayi, hes not a player that has ever really impressed me with his overall display and I would look to his most recent loan spell at Palace as a better indicator of his level and what he could offer us
96 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:40:05
97 Posted 08/06/2022 at 20:58:21
98 Posted 09/06/2022 at 00:02:38
99 Posted 09/06/2022 at 14:31:49
We are targeting the same 'ok' but very limited squad players instead of looking for upgrades to our poor injury prone defenders.
I'll take 17th position next season right now.
100 Posted 08/06/2022 at 17:36:39
I think Keane knows Tarkowski well – a real bastard of a player to play against, I'm sure. Might be the tough guy we need to solidify the back.
We just need to off-load Gomes.
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