Everton one step away from sealing move for Amadou Onana; Idrissa Gueye next in the pipeline

Deals for Dwight McNeil, James Tarkowski, and Rúben Vinagre have shown promise for Everton this summer, but more is needed at Goodison Park if relegation is to be avoided

The final weeks of the summer transfer window could be heating up for Everton and manager Frank Lampard at Goodison Park after the Toffees are reportedly closing in on not one, but two, key additions to central midfield.

First reported by Belgian football expert Sacha Tavolieri and then corroborated by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Everton has all but sealed a deal for LOSC Lille’s Belgian international defensive midfielder Amadou Onana.

It was first thought two days ago that West Ham United would win the race for the coveted 20-year-old after reports from BBC Sports’ Simon Stone claimed the Hammers had agreed to a £33m deal for Onana, but Everton has busted through the door for the former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim academy graduate in a deal that, if completed, would offer Everton an excellent long-term option in the holding midfield role.

But there could also be further business apart from Onana as well, with a possible return to Merseyside for Senegalese midfield veteran Idrissa Gueye.

The Dakar-born 32-year-old shone for five years at Lille before a one-year stint with Aston Villa provided a segway into three highly successful seasons at Everton, which would eventually earn him a move back to France with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

With Christoph Galtier’s arrival in the city of lights this summer, Gueye has found himself to be surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes after Portuguese duo Vintinha and Renato Sanches arrived from FC Porto and Lille respectively.

Though Everton already has five central options, the Toffees did resort to a three-at-the-back deployment last season which utilized three central midfielders, with a need for the club to add to its resources in the middle of the park seeming a prudent course of action.

Given that Lampard has already replaced Richarlison with Dwight McNeil, and added a first-choice center-back in James Tarkowski all while securing a quality depth option at left-back through Rúben Vinagre, it could be just enough for the club to at least put distance between themselves and the bottom three after a 2021-22 campaign that narrowly ended in catastrophe.

Andrew Thompson

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