Everton confirm signing of James Tarkowski on a free transfer with ex-Burnley defender claiming manager Frank Lampard’s ambitions and the fanbase were huge draws for him
Everton have confirmed the signing of James Tarkowski on a free transfer and unveiled the 29-year-old in club colours on Saturday.
Tarkowski said he was ‘excited’ to join Everton and that it is a ‘massive club’. He added that conversations with manager Frank Lampard and his vision for the team were an important factor in his decision to join.
Everton have completed the signing of ex-Burnley defender James Tarkowski on a free transfer
‘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, Tarkowski told Everton’s club website.
‘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.’
Tarkowski also paid tribute to the Toffees’ fans, who Lampard said were instrumental in supporting the team and helping them escape relegation last season.
‘The support they gave the team last season was incredible,’ Tarkowski said.
‘You saw just how big the fanbase is. Despite a difficult season, Everton fans got behind their team more than ever.
‘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.’