Aston Villa enter summer race for free agent defender

Aston Villa are considering a move for experienced defender James Tarkowski when he becomes available on a free this summer, with defensive reinforcements high on the list for Villa boss Steven Gerrard.

The midlands outfit added Calum Chambers to their squad in January, but their need has been further fuelled by an injury picked up by Ezri Konsa in the club's most recent 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

And one man on their wishlist is the soon to be free agent James Tarkowski, whose contract with Burnley runs out this summer. Having racked up 32 appearances this campaign, he has continued to be one of the Clarets' most important players and, now 29, will almost certainly be looking to make a step up as he comes into his prime.

Aston Villa to continue to spend?

Having gone into the season with European ambitions, Aston Villa have ended it in disappointment, with the club set for a midtable finish. The signings added to replace Jack Grealish have for the most part flattered to deceive, while Dean Smith was sacked late in 2021 after a run of terrible results.

And, while the Villans have already added Philippe Coutinho to their ranks for next season, they will surely be looking to spend further in the summer in a bid to finally take a crack at European football come August.

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Ben Browning

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