Everton have reportedly agreed to pay €40m for Lille and Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana after ‘choosing’ them over West Ham United.
Onana enjoyed an impressive 2021/22 campaign with Lille, making 41 appearances in all competitions, including eight times in the Champions League.
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The 20-year-old signed a new five-year deal last August after joining Hamburg for around £6million, but it looks like he’s on the move this summer.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the Belgian youngster – who made his debut for his national side in June’s Nations League defeat to the Netherlands.
However, it was West Ham who made their interest official with an offer.
Their opening offer was thought to be in the region of €23m but this was turned down by Lille.
The French club have insisted the player is not for sale, however, money talks.
West Ham returned with an improved offer initially worth €35m (£29.3m) plus €5m in add-ons, and that was enough for Lille to accept, despite a request initial of 40 million euros.
The Hammers have been hoping to bring in a new midfielder all summer following the arrivals of Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes and Gianluca Scamacca.
A left-back striker and a left-back are also on David Moyes’ programme. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic and Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet have both been linked in recent weeks.
A deal for Cornet has progressed well and should be finalized soonMeanwhile, signing Kostic doesn’t seem to be on the cards as things stand.
After Lille accepted an offer from West Ham for Onana, it emerged on Wednesday that 20-year-old ‘would prefer’ to join Everton.
The Toffees had a disastrous 21/22 season, narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship, while West Ham reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and finished seventh in the Premier League, qualifying for the Europa Conference League .
Their poor campaign does not appear to have had a negative impact on the club’s appeal in the transfer market, with Onana officially opting to join the Merseyside club over the Irons.
This is according to the French journalist Saber Desfarges, who says Lille and Everton have ‘reached an agreement’ for the Belgian midfielder.
Everton will pay €36m plus €4m in bonuses for the player.
The ‘contract details’ are yet to be ironed out but Onana ‘has made up his mind’ and will most likely represent the blue half of Merseyside this season with a ‘deal almost done’.