Amadou Onana: Everton sign Belgian midfielder from Lille | Transfer Center News

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 Caramels beat West Ham to sign the 20-year-old Belgium international.

West Ham 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 quickly to agree a fee and undergo a medical.

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New Everton signing Amadou Onana reveals why he decided to join the club and shares his excitement about working under Frank Lampard. Credit: Everton TV

“I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest 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 have a plan for me, so I really appreciate the conversations I’ve had with the manager (Frank Lampard) and the 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 I’m that kind of guy, so it fits.

“The manager was one of the big reasons. He played at the highest level, won a lot of things and was also a midfielder. So I have a lot of interest from him and I think he can teach me a lot.”

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Onana will wear the number 8 shirt at Everton but insists he can play several different roles in midfield.

“I think I can play in any position in the center of midfield, whether as a defensive midfielder or box-to-box as a number eight. That said, wherever I am needed, I will play there,” Onana added.

Onana was signed by Lille from Hamburg for €7m (£5.9m) last summer, so they can 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 they knew they might not get a similar deal for the player in the future.

Everton loan Cody

Everton also beat West Ham to sign England international Conor Coady on a season-long loan from Wolves.

The move to Goodison Park gives Coady regular first-team football and the opportunity to strengthen his bid to be included in England’s 2022 World Cup squad in Qatar.

Coady was dropped by Wolves manager Bruno Lage for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds – the first time he has been deliberately left out of a Wolves shirt since April 2017 – and he remained an unused substitute at Elland Road.

Coady brings a much-needed boost to Goodison Park after the Caramels confirmed defender Ben Godfrey faces a three-month layoff after undergoing surgery on a broken fibula.

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