Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Amadou Onana from Lille on a five-year contract.
Onana becomes Everton’s fifth summer signing after the Toffees beat West Ham to sign the 20-year-old Belgium international.
West Ham had agreed a £33.5m fee with Lille for Onana but the player’s personal terms proved an issue, opening the door for Everton who moved quickly to agree a fee and carry out a medical examination.
“I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana said. evertonv. “It’s something I want to be a part of for many years.
“Everyone here has shown that they really want me and have a plan for me, so I really enjoyed the talks I had with the manager (Frank Lampard) and the director of football (Kevin Thelwell) They told me how they wanted me to play and I liked it.
“They both have a lot of ambition and that’s the kind of guy I am so it fits.
“The manager was one of the main reasons. He played at the highest level, won a lot of things and was also a midfielder. It means a lot to have interest from him and I think that he can teach me many things.”
Onana will wear the No.8 shirt at Everton but insists he can play a number of different roles in midfield.
“I think I can play in all central midfield positions, whether as a midfielder or box-to-box as a number eight. That said, wherever the manager needs me, I will play there,” added Onana.
Onana was signed by Lille from Hamburg for €7m (£5.9m) last summer so they are set to make a significant profit on the Belgium international who has made 11 starts and 21 substitute appearances in the French Ligue 1 last season.
Lille are usually reluctant sellers but they were aware they might not secure such a deal for the player in the future.
Everton seal loan with Coady
Everton also beat West Ham to sign England international Conor Coady on a season-long loan from Wolves.
The move to Goodison Park offers Coady regular first-team football and the opportunity to bolster his bid to be included in England’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Coady was dropped by Wolves manager Bruno Lage for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds – the first time he had been intentionally left out of a Wolves game shirt since April 2017 – and he remained a substitute unused at Elland Road.
Coady is bringing much-needed reinforcements to Goodison Park after the Toffees confirmed defender Ben Godfrey faces a three-month layoff after undergoing surgery on a fractured fibula.
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