Aston Villa make double-your-money offer of £120,000-per-week to James Tarkowski in bid to beat Everton and Fulham in race to sign defender on free transfer from Burnley
- Aston Villa are rivalling Everton and Fulham for signature of James Tarkowski
- Centre-back will be a free agent when his contract at relegated Burnley expires
- The defender has been one of Burnley’s most reliable and consistent performers
James Tarkowski is weighing up a double-your-money offer, worth around £120,000-per-week, from Aston Villa as they bid to win the race to sign the defender.
The lack of transfer fee involved in signing Tarkowski this summer has increased his appeal along with his prospects of securing a lucrative deal.
Aston Villa Villa are rivalling Everton and Fulham to sign centre-back James Tarkowski
Everton are prepared to pay Tarkowski in the region of £90,000-per-week but Villa are willing to top that to land the 29 year-old who earns in the region of £60,000-per-week at Turf Moor.
Villa have already made an eye-catching start to the summer window, bolstering Steven Gerrard’s squad by snapping up French midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a free from Marseille amid considerable competition from across Europe.
Backed by billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, they are also on the lookout for another midfielder and a forward, and are expected to be one of the most active clubs in Europe this window.
The 29-year-old will be out of contract in the summer and can move on a free transfer
A successful move for Tarkowski, who has also been linked with the likes of West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester as his Burnley contract has ticked down, would be equally shrewd, even with the significant wages involved.
Tarkowski has been one of Burnley’s most reliable and consistent performers in their six seasons in the Premier League, a top-flight spell which came to an end last weekend when they were relegated to the Championship following their home defeat against Newcastle.