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Alex Iwobi gets new partner as Everton announce Amadou Onana from Lille

The 20-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of Europe's most gifted players and will be looking to form a formidable partnership with Nigeria's Alex Iwobi.

It's the Onana time at Everton.

Premier League club Everton has announced the signing of Belgium International Amadou Onana on a long term.

Onana has put pen to paper on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee that will see him stay at Goodison Park from LOSC Lille until the summer of 2027.

"Belgium international Amadou Onana has signed for Everton from LOSC Lille for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a five-year contract until the end of June 2027," a statement on the club website stated.

The 20-year-old becomes the club's fifth signing this summer after the arrival of James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre, Dwight McNeill and Conor Coady.

Speaking during his unveiling, the youngster says the chance to play for Lampard, the fans and how the club showed it really wanted him played key role in his decision to leave the Ligue 1.

“It feels great to join Everton. I know it’s a big, big club, one of the biggest in England,” Onana told evertontv. “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.”

The Belgian youngster is known for his powerful, fast, technically ability. His ability to play a range of central-midfield roles could see him line up alongside Nigeria's Alex Iwobi, who impressed in a new midfield role for the Toffees against Chelsea.

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