The Athletic has claimed that Nottingham Forest wanted talks with James Tarkowski before he signed for Everton.

Frank Lampard managed to get a deal over the line for the Burnley defender but it wasn’t without competition.

Fulham were also keen. Newcastle, Roma, Dortmund and Atalanta were all monitoring the situation with intrigue too.

Tarkowski has now been unveiled by Everton and on a free transfer, he seems a decent addition.

Forest are in the market for another central defender this summer as they look to bolster their squad.

Forest wanted Tarkowski talks
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The club has a few irons in the fire. Moussa Niakhate looks like checking in from Mainz; whilst the club looks set to announce the addition of Giulian Biancone.

It would appear that Tarkowski was on the shortlist too and it’s pretty easy to see why.

The 29-year-old has been at Burnley for six years. During that time, he’s made 219 appearances and has been part of an established Premier League team.

For the Clarets, their stay in the Premier League did end last season. That meant an end to Tarkowski’s Turf Moor stay and he’s now joined Everton on a free.

Forest will now move on. Other targets are being worked on and it looks like an exciting few weeks with transfer business now being ramped up.

Forest tried to steal Tarkowski and he’d have been useful

It’s hard to knock Tarkowski as anything other than a very steady Premier League defender over the past few years.

He has been capped by England twice and that in itself showcases exactly how useful he is as a central defender.

The report suggests that Forest are shopping in the right markets. Forest are clearly leaving no stone unturned in their quest to strengthen the ranks.

Forest wanted Tarkowski talks
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It’s perhaps no surprise Tarkowski has chosen Everton. The jury will perhaps be out on a move to the City Ground given that Forest have been out of the Premier League for so long.

Still, the Reds will feel that with Steve Cooper at the helm, anything is possible.

Losing out on Tarkowski is not the end of the world and Forest will now switch their efforts towards different targets.

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