Everton has completed the signing of Burnley defender James Tarkowski. However, the official announcement of the deal is still awaited. Football Insider reports that Tarkowski has completed the medical at the Merseyside club and has signed a contract as well.
Moreover, it is said that he has even completed the photo shoot for the club’s media outlets. However, the missing link in this whole transfer saga is the official announcement.
Why has Everton not yet made an official announcement of the new signing?
It is said that the announcement of the transfer has not yet been made because of friction between the clubs. It is known that relations behind the scenes of the transfer are ‘strained’. This could mean that the England international may not be unveiled as an Everton player until the end of June.
Tarkowski’s contract is set to expire at the end of this month. Therefore, it is said that only after that would he be officially announced by the club. Frank Lampard was in search of a defender this summer and they got it in Tarkowski.
Moreover, it is said that Everton director of football Kevin Thelwell was a big admirer of the defender. Therefore, he pushed to sign the player ahead of competition from Newcastle and West Ham. It is said that Everton has offered a deal worth 120,000 Euros a week to Tarkowski. Tarkowski had attracted a lot of interest from clubs after he ran down his contract at Turf Moor.
Burnley did not want to sell him for a price and wanted him to leave as a free agent. That is why they blocked any possible bid for the player in January. Therefore, the signing of Tarkowski would mean that one of Everton’s senior four defenders is to leave Goodison Park this summer.
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