Official | Amadou Onana signs for Everton on a 5-year deal

As announced in a club statement from the Toffees, Everton have signed Lille midfielder Amadou Onana (20) for an undisclosed fee on a five-year deal that runs until June 2027. The player said the following after completing his move from Northern France: 

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England. 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 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. The Everton fans are amazing. I saw their support last season and it’s also one of the reasons why I chose Everton. I am looking forward to meeting them at Goodison and, just hearing about the atmosphere, I get goosebumps. Blue is my favourite colour, too! I am going to give everything for the Club and our supporters.”

Last week, the Premier League side struck a deal with Les Dogues over an initial €36m fee, with a potential €4m in add-ons, while the player himself also agreed terms with his new club. He then completed his medical at Everton over the weekend, but was waiting for a final ‘termination agreement’ document from Lille in order to officially green light the deal.

The former Hamburg man was also the subject of interest from West Ham, who looked set to wrap up his signing before their offer was matched by Everton, with the latter team also winning over Onana himself.

The 20-year-old leaves the north of France after just one season, having initiallly joined from the German club on a 5-year deal for €8m, but had been told that Lille would not stand in his way if an offer matched their asking price. This season, he made 32 appearances in a disappointing title defence, while also playing in every one of their Champions League games, in a run that was eventually ended by Chelsea in the knockouts.

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