Everton have completed the signing of Amadou Onana from Lille on a 5-year contract.
Onana became Everton’s fifth signing of the 20-year-old Belgian international after the Toffees beat West Ham.
West Ham agreed a £33.5m fee with Lille for Onana. But the player’s personal contract proved problematic, opening the door for Everton to move quickly to settle the fee and undergo a medical.
“I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest clubs in England,” Onana said EvertonTV “It’s something I’ve wanted to be a part of for many years.
“Everyone here has shown they really want me and they have a plan for me, so I really appreciate 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 was happy.
“They both have a lot of ambition and it’s the same type of person that I am, so it matches.
“The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at a high level, won a lot of things and was average. It means a lot to get interest from him, and I think he can teach me a lot.”
Onana will wear the number 8 shirt at Everton but says he can play different roles in midfield.
“I think I can play every position in the midfield as a holding midfielder or a box-to-box number eight. That means I can play wherever the manager wants,” Onana added.
Onana signed for Lille from Hamburg for €7m (£5.9m) last summer, allowing them to capitalize on the Belgian international, who made 11 appearances and 21 substitute appearances in France’s Ligue 1 last season.
Lille are usually sellers but they knew they might not have such a deal for the player in the future.
Everton beat West Ham and signed English international Conor Cody on loan from Wolves.
A move to Goodison Park gives Cody a chance to strengthen his bid for regular first-team football and a place in the England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Cody was sent off by Wolves manager Bruno Lage in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds – the first time he has been deliberately left out of a Wolves game since April 2017 – and remained an unused substitute at Elland Road.
Cody will bring some much-needed reinforcements to Goodison Park after the Toffees confirmed defender Ben Godfrey will be out of action for three months following surgery on a broken fibula.
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