Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana joins Everton from Lille

LONDON (AP) After taking advice from his international teammate Romelu Lukaku, Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana joined Everton on Tuesday from Lille.

Everton said the 20-year-old Onana signed a five-year deal. It did not reveal the transfer fee Everton will pay the French club. British media reported it was about 35 million euros ($36 million).

The Senegal-born Onana made his Belgium debut against the Netherlands in June as a halftime substitute in a 4-1 loss in the Nations League.

Lukaku, who had four prolific years as a forward at Everton through 2017, helped Onana decide to join Everton.

"I've heard from Romelu Lukaku, who told me a lot about the club," said Onana. "For me, it was an easy decision, because everyone here showed me that they really want me and they have a plan for me."

Everton said Onana will wear the No. 8 shirt which is also a tribute to Kobe Bryant, who wore the number at the start of his Los Angeles Lakers career.

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Updated August 9, 2022

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