Bill Kenwright steps in with Kevin Thelwell to seal major Everton transfer for Amadou Onana
Bill Kenwright has stepped in to make sure that Everton complete a deal to sign Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, according to The Mirror.
The newspaper has reported in its print edition sports pullout [06 August, pg. 3] that Frank Lampard worked closely with Kevin Thelwell and the Chairman to get a transfer over the line.
The Toffees have agreed on a fee worth £33.7million with Onana set to arrive at Goodison Park and snub a move to London to join West Ham United.
Writing in his latest column for the Mirror, David Maddock shared all of the details behind the move which is edging ever closer with the medical this morning.
“Everton have completed an audacious coup to sign Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana,” he wrote.
“The Blues hijacked a deal West Ham had put together for the highly rated Lille player to agree a fee of £33.7million for the 20-year-old. Everton manager Frank Lampard was keen to bring in the defensive midfielder as he rebuilds after narrowly escaping relegation.
“And he worked closely with director of football Kevin Thelwell and chairman Bill Kenwright to steal in ahead of the Hammers and persuade Onana to move north.”
As long as this move gets finished, we couldn’t care who gets it done.
Kenwright has stepped in to help Lampard and Thelwell, likely with how the club will finance the move, but that trio appears to have worked perfectly to finalise everything.
Onana is currently in Merseyside to complete his medical on Saturday morning, and therefore you can assume that he will be unveiled to the fans at Goodison Park this evening.
Everton take on Chelsea in their Premier League season opener and will be without some of their new signings, meaning it will be a tough evening.
With reinforcements coming in thick and fast, though, this squad is set to get a shake-up by Lampard as he looks to build on staying up last season.
This is an excellent addition, and adding Idrissa Gana Gueye on top of that will mean this midfield to bound to be much stronger and more reliable this time around.
Bring it on.