Amadou Onana is set to join Everton in a £33.5 million deal from Lille, according to reports.
West Ham United looked very close to securing his signature after they agreed a similar transfer fee with the French outfit.
However, the Toffees entered the race and made the same offer to hijack the Hammers’ transfer.
And now it appears Frank Lampard’s side have won the race for the 20-year-old who is reportedly set to pen a five-year deal at Goodison Park.
The Belgium international will undergo his medical tomorrow as a new Everton player, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Onana joined Lille last summer and hit the ground running at the Ligue 1 outfit. He was a regular at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, making 32 league appearances and scoring a goal.
The young midfielder made 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 0.6 clearances per game in Ligue 1 last season (as per WhoScored).
The Belgium international is a quality midfielder who is highly rated for his tackling, aerial duels and through balls.
Everton acted very quickly and secured a deal for Onana who looked on the verge of joining West Ham.
This is very smart business from the Toffees who have only signed James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil this summer.
The Merseyside club are also said to be very close to signing Idrissa Gueye, with only a few details left to be sorted.
Gueye is now 32-years-old, but his experience and quality can serve the Blues well.
The Toffees endured a disastrous 2021-22 season as they barely managed to survive in the Premier League.
They will not want to be anywhere near that situation this term, and will be desperate to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes.