Aston Villa enter summer race for free agent defender

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Aston Villa enter summer race for free agent defender

Aston Villa are monitoring 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 their most recent 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

And one man on their list 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, he will almost certainly be looking to make a step up as he comes into his prime.

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Having gone into the season with Europan 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 they have already added Philippe Coutinho to their ranks for next season, they will surely be looking to spend further in the summer to try and finally take a crack at European football come August.

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1 Manchester City 37 72 90
2 Liverpool FC 37 66 89
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 37 9 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 37 11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford FC 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 36 4 45
14 Aston Villa 36 -1 44
15 Southampton FC 37 -21 40
16 Everton FC 36 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 -38 35
18 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
19 Watford FC 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22
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Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
Maddison, James Leicester City 10
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