Everton sign Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana from Lille
Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Amadou Onana from Lille on a five-year deal.
Onana becomes Everton’s fifth summer signing after the Toffees beat West Ham to the signature of 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 to Everton who moved swiftly to agree a fee and conduct a medical.
“I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana told evertontv. “It’s something I want to be part of for many years.
“Everyone here showed they really wanted me and they have a plan for me, so I really appreciated the talks I had with the manager (Frank Lampard) and director of football (Kevin Thelwell). They told me how they wanted me to play and I enjoyed it.
“They both have a lot of ambition and that’s the type of guy I am so it matches.
“The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at the highest level, won many things and was a midfielder, too. It means a lot to have interest from him and I think 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 every position in centre midfield, whether that’s as a holding midfielder or a 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 stand to make a significant profit on the Belgium international who made 11 starts and 21 substitute appearances in France’s Ligue 1 last season.
Lille are usually reluctant sellers but were conscious they may not get a deal like this for the player in the future.