Frank Lampard revealed Everton are “very close” to finalizing the signing of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, as he predicted the Belgium international would have a “big influence” at the club.
Everton suffered a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in their Premier League opener on Saturday, with Ben Godfrey and Yeri Mina suffering injuries just three days after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was out for six weeks.
But Oona traveled to Merseyside after Toffee supporters received some positive news, reportedly to finalize a transfer of up to £33.7 million (€40 million), making 43 appearances for Lille in all competitions the previous season. Did it
And Lampard, who has already included James Tarkowski, Dwight McNeil and Ruben Vinagre in his squad, expects big things from the giant midfielder after brushing off the threat of relegation last season.
“I can talk about Onana because she is here today,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
Asked what the 20-year-old would bring to the Toffees, Lampard said: “Very much, I’m a big fan, so he’s coming.
“When you come on as a manager you want to influence the style of the team, the way we play. [He’s] A midfield player, a young player who – for me – has everything in terms of physicality, quality on the ball, energy and defensive mindset; An all-rounder
“For me, he has a great future and he’s going to be a big influence on the club. He’s a good lad, he has a good faith in him, so that’s how we want to go.
“I think he comes at a really good age for us, I don’t want to hang on to him too much, it looks like I’m making him, but I’m so glad we’re so close to doing that one. “