Everton have reportedly offered a contract to Burnley defender James Tarkowski.
The Lowdown: Tarkowski is leaving Burnley
The 29-year-old has made 35 league appearances for the Clarets this season, and only goalkeeper Nick Pope and midfielder Dwight McNeil have played more minutes.
The two-time England international has an average WhoScored rating of 6.97, the highest at the Lancashire club.
However, the £19.8m-rated centre back will be a free agent this summer.
One of the clubs interested in the former Brentford stopper is Everton, with director of football Kevin Thelwell watching Tarkowski play in Burnley’s win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in April.
The Latest: Toffees Offer Contract
Football Insider has revealed that the Merseyside club has offered the 6 foot 1 tough tackler a £120k-per-week contract in an attempt to convince him to make the short move over to Goodison Park.
The offer, a significant increase on the Manchester-born man’s current £70k-per-week contract, is a statement of intent from the club to beat Newcastle and West Ham, who are also interested.
The Verdict: Get It Done
Everton have conceded the 15th highest amount in the league this campaign, so they can use some defensive steel, something that can be provided by the Oldham Athletic Academy graduate.
According to the FBRef, the key defensive man for Burnley leads the league in clearances and is second in aerials won and blocks.
At his best, Tarkowski has been described as having an “array of qualities” and being a “super player” by pundits Matthew Upson and Danny Murphy on Match of the Day after one particularly impressive performance.
“He showed an array of qualities today,” Upson said.
“He was very calm and composed as well, knowing when to hold him up, it was good footwork to show the player where he wants him to go.
“He makes good choices and he put himself in good positions to deal with the ball.”
Murphy added: “I was really impressed with him, he looks [like] a super player.”
No Everton defender can match Tarkowski’s 92 blocks, 216 clearances, or 143 tackles and interception, so Toffees should be doing everything in their power to ensure that the Burnley centre back is playing at Goodison Park after this summer.