Amadou Onana is coming to the Premier League after Everton pipped West Ham to the eye-catching move, and he could quickly be followed into Goodison Park by a second signing, per a trusted source.
The 20-year-old holding midfielder emerged as a key transfer target for West Ham earlier this week. The Hammers may have viewed Onana as a potential long-term successor to Declan Rice and Sky Sports reported a £33.5m bid had been lodged for the Lille star.
However, Everton then entered the equation and varying reports claimed the Senegalese-born Belgium international preferred a move to the Toffees.
With that key advantage spurring them on, the Daily Mail stated Everton matched West Ham’s bid, thus putting the ball in the player’s court.
Onana was reportedly also offered more lucrative personal terms by Frank Lampard’s side. Per Fabrizio Romano, their efforts look to have borne fruit.
The transfer guru tweeted Everton are ‘set to sign’ Onana after reaching a ‘full agreement’ with Lille.
Personal terms have also been agreed and Romano confirmed the player wanted to join Everton more than West Ham.
Onana is now seemingly destined for Merseyside, though he could quickly be joined at Goodison Park by Idrissa Gueye.
Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye midfield pairing?
Lampard is seeking wholesale changes in his engine room and a return of the former Toffee is taking shape.
Romano added Everton are ‘working’ on a deal to bring the 32-year-old PSG star back to Everton before describing the move as requiring only the ‘final details’ before completion.
No transfer fee was cited, though a previous report from the Times did state the move will be a permanent deal, not loan.
Given Gueye only has 12 months on his PSG deal and is 32, the transfer fee won’t be high.
Lampard investing wisely
Should Onana and Gueye both arrive, Everton’s tally of summer arrivals will swell to five. What’s more, four of them are Premier League-proven.
James Tarkowski is arguably the smartest pick-up on a free from Burnley. Dwight McNeil has also arrived from Turf Moor for around £20m. The winger scored twice in his debut against Dynamo Kyiv in pre-season.
Ruben Vinagre will strengthen the left side and is known to English audiences through his time at Wolves. Gueye requires no introduction after excelling during his stint at Everton between 2016-19.
Onana will constitute signing No 5 and is the biggest gamble. Though the six-foot-five colossus could wind up being a transfer masterstroke if he makes good on his high potential.