By George Overhill

28th Jul, 2022 | 8:13am

Everton and Burnley complete contracts for transfer of Dwight McNeil - Fabrizio Romano

The deal to take Dwight McNeil from Burnley to Everton is now done with the clubs completing the contracts, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Toffees raced through talks on Wednesday (27 July) to get Frank Lampard another addition, and the player went for a medical at Finch Farm which was successfully passed.

Now the winger is the club’s third signing of the summer, following on from former Clarets teammate James Tarkowski and Sporting loan arrival Ruben Vinagre, and will cost around £20million including add-ons.

Guardian journalist Romano wrote on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning: “Everton and Burnley have completed the contracts for Dwight McNeil deal on permanent move. £19/20m total fee with add-ons included, here we go.

“EFC McNeil agreed personal terms and completed medical tests yesterday, one more signing for Lampard.”

At long last

It has taken the whole of June and most of July but Everton have finally bought a player this summer, and fans have a right to enjoy that news at least.

The jury will be out on McNeil until he takes to the field in a Blues shirt and shows whether last season was a dip or a sign of a larger regression.

His output dropped off to a great degree in the 2021/22 season but he was playing in a Burnley side that was ultimately doomed for the Championship and sacked long-time boss Sean Dyche.

Considering the turmoil that engulfed Goodison Park at times last season it is notable that two of the club’s three signings have now come from a team that actually ended up worse off.

There is reason to believe that a fresh start under a new manager, who has a reputation for using young attacking players such as Mason Mount and Anthony Gordon well, could be exactly what the new man needs.

And the fact that talks progressed so quickly and agreement was reached so easily on this deal also suggests that relations between the two clubs are good again, after the Premier League season ended amid the threat of legal action from Turf Moor.

It may not be the headline signing that some fans will be for, and it isn’t a replacement for big-money exit Richarlison, but it is has been a struggle through this window to get much done at all so the small mercy of a successfully completed deal for an English attacking talent can’t be underestimated.

Now attention will turn to further deals that can really galvanise the fanbase behind the team again after it proved so effective in the relegation battle.