The 29-year-old was expected to join Aston Villa by teammates, but he has now signed for Everton

The 29-year-old was expected to join Aston Villa by teammates, but he has now signed for Everton ...

Everton have signed James Tarkowski on a free transfer after his Burnley teammates predicted him to join Aston Villa this summer.

On Saturday, the Toffees announced their first summer signing, with Tarkowski coming to support Frank Lampards' side.

Tarkowski has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park and is signing on a free transfer with his Burnley deal now over.

Due of the interest in his signature from elsewhere, Tarkowski was hesitant to sign a new Burnley contract.

Tarkowskis' relegation to the Championship secured his departure, and the defender has chosen Everton as his new club.

James Tarkowski has been signed by Everton.

Everton are on a roll with this signing as they strive to improve under Lampard.

Tarkowski will hopefully solidify things at the back. Evertons' defence was a concern last season.

Tarkowski will have to contend with Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate, and Ben Godfrey, but the likelihood is that he will start immediately.

Everton's 29-year-old is even a bit of a coup for him, given that he was also linked with the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham United.

Tarkowskis colleagues at Burnley claimed that he actually planned him to sign for Aston Villa this summer.

Villa were interested in signing Tarkowski and were willing to pay his wage demands, but ended up spending money on Sevillas Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.

Everton quickly became Tarkowski's most likely destination after Carlos completed his move to Villa Park.

Even after Carlos joined, Tarkowski was mentioned of going to Villa, but he has signed for Everton instead.

Villa may have higher goals than Everton right now, but Tarkowski will strive to help turn things around at Goodison Park, and will surely demonstrate that he is in better position on Merseyside.

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