Everton have secured a deal with departing Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, but their reason for not announcing it yet has been revealed.
Tarkowski is out of contract with Burnley at the end of the month. He will not be staying with them after their relegation to the Championship. Instead, he will get to continue as a Premier League player with Everton.
Frank Lampard’s side have long looked like the leading suitors for Tarkowski. Now, according to the Liverpool Echo, the deal is done.
Terms have been agreed with the 29-year-old for his transfer to Everton. However, the Liverpool Echo have revealed why they are delaying confirmation of the deal.
The report claims that Everton will not announce Tarkowski’s arrival until he officially becomes a free agent next month.
The reason behind their delay is that there is a “delicate situation” between Everton and Burnley at present.
Burnley reportedly asked the Premier League for clarity over Everton’s compliance with financial rules after their relegation battle.
Everton do not seem too concerned about the risks, believing they have been in the right. But they will still wait before making the Tarkowski deal official, so as not to antagonise Burnley further.
Hence, Everton fans should be keeping an eye out from July 1st onwards for confirmation that they will get to see Tarkowski in their colours next season.
Tarkowski to bring experience to Everton
The twice-capped former England international will bring plenty of experience to their backline. He was with Burnley for the entirety of their most recent, six-season stay in the Premier League.
Within that time, Tarkowski made more than 200 appearances in all competitions for the club. For the past five seasons in particular, he was the main centre-back partner to captain Ben Mee, who is also leaving the Lancashire outfit.
Burnley, under the management of Vincent Kompany, will therefore have a rebuild on their hands. Everton are already getting underway with their own, hoping to not come so close to a relegation battle again.