Everton has completed the signing of James Tarkowski on a four-year deal. His contract expired last season and he becomes the first signing of the summer. He spent the last six years at Burnley and has 194 appearances to his name. Tarkovski revealed that Frank Lampard played a big role in him joining Everton. The defender was linked to a number of Premier League clubs last season after refusing to sign a contract extension with the club.

“I’m excited to have joined Everton. It’s a massive club. I’m really looking forward to the years ahead and I’m thankful for the opportunity that I’ve been given,” Everton defender James Tarkowski said. “Speaking to the manager, it was very important to see what he wants from his players and his team, what he saw in me, and why he wanted to sign me. Speaking to (director of football) Kevin Thelwell was also a factor. They both spoke about the ambition here which was really important for me. I’m an ambitious person, I want to achieve, I want to win things and I’ve come here to be successful.”

“And then there are the Everton fans. The support they gave the team last season was incredible. You saw just how big the fanbase is. Despite a difficult season, Everton fans got behind their team more than ever,” he added. “I think they are a massive factor about this club. Hopefully, successful times are ahead and, with the talent we have in the squad, we can give the fans something they really enjoy. I think the manager recognized my strengths, saw how I could fit into his system, and hopefully improve the team. He also saw my character and leadership skills – that what I can bring to a group will be good and positive.”

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