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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