The Lowdown: Free transfer shopping
Villa have already explored the free agent market by signing Boubacar Kamara from Marseille. The French midfielder will officially become a Villa player from July 1 and Steven Gerrard also has his eyes on a move for former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez following his release from Atletico Madrid.
Tarkowski could be another to head to the Midlands for nothing, with Sky Sports claiming last month that Villa were in talks with the Burnley defender.
The Latest: Robinson’s comments
“Tarky is a very good player.
“He is not a top-four defender.
“You could put him in a Liverpool side alongside Virgil van Dijk but he would be best suited as a ball playing centre-half at a Newcastle, an Everton, an Aston Villa. There’s talk of Newcastle.
“He will be a great acquisition for somebody on a free.
“He has been clever running his contract down. It has worked out well for him. He will get the move that he wants.
“I think he’d be a good fit at Newcastle, Everton, Aston Villa or West Ham.”
The Verdict: Things can change…
Tarkowski has yet to pen terms with another side, although Gregg Evans has described a move to Villa Park as unlikely.
How many more signings do Villa need to make this summer?
That could well change once again, though, so until the experienced centre-back secures his next move, a transfer to the Midlands shouldn’t be ruled out entirely.
Reports even suggested that Gerrard was desperate for the club to get a move over the line, believing there isn’t a better deal to be struck all summer, so it may well be one to watch closely.
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