By George Overhill

4th Aug, 2022 | 9:05pm

Everton on brink of Amadou Onana deal as key Frank Lampard role emerges, want two in by Sunday

Everton are in the “final moments” of a £35million-plus deal to sign Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, according to Fraser Fletcher.

The Toffees were able to blow West Ham aside for the young midfield sensation when it emerged that they had balked at his wage demands and he preferred a move to Goodison.

It appears that manager Frank Lampard is a key element in that decision as a world-class player at the position in his own playing days, and the club are now pushing to complete a double swoop for the Belgian and former Toffee Idrissa Gueye within days.

Former BBC journalist Fletcher wrote on his personal Twitter account on Thursday evening (4 August): “Deal in Final moments now for Amadou Onana to join Everton.

“£35+ million pound package and final details to finish. Lampard a huge pull for Onana joining, player wants to play for midfielder.

“Everton want Gueye and Onana in club by end of this week if possible.”

Massive

It has often been suggested that the presence of such a high-profile player, who won so many trophies in his playing days, as manager should be beneficial for the club in the transfer market.

That was somewhat evident with the last minute capture of midfield pair Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek just hours after the former Chelsea boss was appointed.

But if the Onana deal gets over the line as looks imminent, it will be the clearest indicator of the currency the ex-England international’s name carries across Europe.

Money undoubtedly has played a role in the late twist that saw Everton replace the Hammers at the front of the queue for the Lille man, but Lampard would have been playing in and winning the Champions League while Onana was watching as a kid, and it now looks like he will soon be his coach.

It might come too late for the opening game of the season against his former side, but the sudden upturn in the transfer window looks like it is going to hand the manager a formidable midfield sooner rather than later.

At 20 the youngster might still be raw, but having earned a full international cap for Belgium in only his second season in senior football he looks to have the makings of a star.

If the international veteran Gueye arrives to anchor the team alongside him then it will be a senior presence that could help him flourish.

The window is suddenly looking much stronger, but it will need to be proven once the players are through the door and on the pitch, which fans will be itching to see now.