Aston Villa ‘open talks’ with England international amid Everton transfer interest
Aston Villa are said to be “in talks” with centre-back James Tarkowski over a free transfer to Villa Park.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Burnley this summer and despite being relegated from the Premier League, he’s reportedly sparked a lot of interest across the division. Everton, Leicester City and West Ham United have all been previously credited with an interest in the defender.
Tarkowski’s arrival in the West Midlands would help Steven Gerrard cover the absence of Ezri Konsa who is set to be sidelined for three months over the summer and until next season. The defender will have hoped to do no harm after impressing when Burnley drew 1-1 at Villa Park last week.
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Reports from Sky Sports suggest Villa have opened talks with Tarkowski, with the player free to talk to clubs as a future free agent. It is again, however, reiterated that they will “probably face host competition” from other Premier League clubs.
Everton appear to be Gerrard’s biggest rival to land the defender. Reports elsewhere in the national media tout figures ranging from £90,000 to £120,000 that Frank Lampard’s side would be willing to offer as weekly wages to seal the signing.
Tarkowski isn’t sporting director Johan Lange’s only option, however. An alternative target would be Sven Botman, whose situation is being watched very closely although he appears to be closing in on signing for recently crowned Italian champions AC Milan.