Everton are reportedly now interested in a move to sign LOSC Lille defensive midfielder Amadou Onana.
The Lowdown: Midfielders wanted
It is clear that Frank Lampard wants to strengthen in the middle of the park, and that could mean bringing in more than one player in that area – perhaps one attacking and one defensive-minded.
The Latest: Onana interest
The Hammers have already had a bid turned down for the Belgium international, as Lille’s president, Olivier Letang, does not want to let him go for less than €40m (£33.8m).
The Verdict: Difficult
After recording consecutive losses in their financial accounts, it is unclear how much money the Toffees will be able to spend this window, even with the sale of Richarlison to Totenham Hotspur.
They may not be able to afford both Gibbs-White and Onana, and so may have to pick between the two.
The latter, who has been dubbed a ‘huge talent‘ by talent scout Jacek Kulig, was a mainstay in Lille’s team last season, featuring in all eight of their UEFA Champions League matches (Transfermarkt), while his average of 1.5 tackles per game was the sixth-best in the squad (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, he is only 20 years of age, and so the Blues can really benefit from his development over the next few years, should they choose to sign him.
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