By Pranav Shahaney

6th Aug, 2022 | 3:25pm

Lille president Bafode Diakite has confirmed that Amadou Onana is set to leave the club and join Everton in the coming days.

He has revealed that the 20-year-old is already in Manchester for his medical and that the documents should all be signed by today (August 6).

Diakite also said that the club had not expected him to leave this summer, but is proud of the work he put in to earn himself a move to Goodison Park.

He told Foot Mercato, “We are very well advanced with regard to the departure of Amadou, who is in Manchester today to pass the medical examination.

“Theoretically, the documents should be signed during the day. We are there as we speak.

“His departure was not planned in the initial plans but the circumstances, the will of the player, the level of proposal from the club, which also demonstrates the quality of the boy and which makes it possible to congratulate the work of the recruitment cell.”

Here we go

The Onana move gathered pace last week and has picked on as the days have progressed and have reached a point when he can be expected to feature in the Toffees’ second league game of the season.

They’ve desperately needed a midfielder since last season and they look to be signing at least two this summer.

Not just the 20-year-old, but a former player Idrissa Gueye is also on his way to Merseyside.

However, the Onana deal is clearly the more important one and is expected to be their biggest signing of the window.

They have beaten West Ham to the Belgium international which is a major coup for Everton and Frank Lampard will undoubtedly be a proud man.

He played a key role in unconvincing the player as he personally phone-called him – a move which saw his side hijack the deal.