Everton sign former Burnley defender James Tarkowski on a four-year deal

Everton have completed the signing of defender James Tarkowski; the 29-year-old centre-back has penned a four-year deal at Goodison Park after his departure from Burnley; Tarkowski becomes Frank Lampard's first summer signing; Tarkowski: "I’m excited to have joined a massive club" The 29-year-old, whose contract expired at Burnley at the end of last month, becomes Frank Lampard's first signing this summer. Tarkowski departed Burnley after six years at Turf Moor, having played 194 Premier League games for the Clarets. The ex-Brentford defender revealed the role of Everton boss Lampard was key in moving to Merseyside.

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 evertonfc.com. 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. 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.

And then there are the Everton fans. The support they gave the team last season was incredible. You saw just how big the fanbase is. Despite a difficult season, Everton fans got behind their team more than ever.