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Everton: Lampard kick-start summer recruitment by signing Burnley star

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The Toffees have made added a new defender to their squad.

Everton have confirmed the signing of James Tarkowski from Burnley.

The English star moves to Goodison Park on a four-year deal, becoming their first arrival of the summer. After a season of defensive struggles, the Toffees have kick-started their activity in the summer transfer window by adding a new defender to their ranks.

 “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,” Tarkowski told Everton’s official website.

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“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.

“I’m an ambitious person, I want to achieve, I want to win things and I’ve come here to be successful.”

Tarkowski spent a brilliant campaign at Burnley last season but couldn’t prevent their relegation. According to data from FBREF, the 29-year-old engaged and won more aerial duels than any other defender in the Premier League.

Everton are also pushing to sign Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks while free-agent Jesse Lingard has remained on their watch list.

Frank Lampard’s side saw their star striker Richarlison join Tottenham on a £50 million deal on Friday. However, there are currently no reports about their interest in signing a replacement for the Brazilian star.