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Wolves must not stand by as Everton and Aston Villa look to land James Tarkowski on a free

Aston Villa and Everton are battling it out to sign James Tarkowski for free – and Wolves must not stand by.

According to a report from The Telegraph, the Toffees are currently at the front of the queue for the centre-half.

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They have supposedly offered the 29-year-old a contract worth £90,000-a-week.

Tarkowski has just suffered relegation with Burnley, but the player is leaving Turf Moor with his contract expiring this summer.

Naturally, interest is high in the two-cap England international.

Villa are also chasing the player, who is thought to want to make a decision before he goes on holiday.

One cannot help but think that this is something Wolves need to get involved in.

Wolves were solid defensively for two-thirds of the season, but it has become very clear in recent weeks that Wanderers need a couple of experienced additions.

Romain Saiss appears to be leaving, and Willy Boly is not the same player as a couple of years ago.

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Wolves need to get someone in who will immediately improve the backline.

Tarkowski has established himself as a very capable centre-back during Burnley’s time in the Premier League.

He struck up a very good partnership with Ben Mee for the Clarets, and showed fantastic durability, making 194 appearances in the competition to date.

Wolves saw his quality first-hand last month when Tarkowski put in a solid performance at Turf Moor in the Clarets’ 1-0 win.

If Wolves are wanting to splash the cash on other areas of the team, it will be important to seal a couple of bargains here and there and Tarkowski would certainly represent that.

Wolves need to join Aston Villa and Everton in race to sign James Tarkowski for free

Tarkowski is a proven performer in the Premier League, and he is available on a free transfer.

Wolves are crying out for a new centre-half with good experience, and it feels like a no-brainer that the club should be in for him.

Wanderers were linked with Tarkowski last summer, with the Telegraph reporting the club were considering a move.

So it could be that there is some interest there.

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But Wolves may need to get a move on. Villa have already landed Boubacar Kamara, another player who had been linked with Wanderers.

And it seems Everton are very keen having offered a contract.

It would seem like a major opportunity missed if Wolves didn’t at least try to make a move.

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