Everton had a slow start to the transfer window but it looks like their approach for targets are starting to take off, and a new update from a reliable source has seemingly confirmed another signing.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the Toffees have secured a deal to sign Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.
The transfer insider tweeted: “Everton are set to complete Dwight McNeil deal. Full agreement with Burnley, fee could reach £19/20m add-ons included – Lampard trusts him as good talent for present and future.”
“Medical ongoing, McNeil will follow Vinagre as new Everton signing very soon.”
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard and the Goodison Park faithful will be buzzing with the good news that the squad is finally being strengthened, especially with Richarlison making a move to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.
Everton are in desperate need of reinforcements this summer after struggling with a relegation scrap at the bottom of the Premier League last season, so the imminent signing of McNeil will surely be warmly welcomed.
Despite being relegated with Burnley in 2021/22, the winger has been a consistent and reliable performer for the Clarets, tallying 147 appearances for the club since joining them from Manchester United’s youth academy back in 2014.
Over 38 league appearances last term, the 22-year-old delivered one assist and created six big chances, making 1.3 key passes and 2.1 tackles and taking 1.4 shots per game. He also won the majority of his duels (54%) and was successful in completing the majority of his dribble attempts (60%).
McNeil has scored seven goals and delivered 17 assists for Burnley in total, proving that he is more of a creative winger than a goal-scoring threat. That could make him the perfect selfless attacking partner for Dominic Calvert-Lewin going forward, which could naturally improve and increase the 25-year-old’s goalscoring opportunities.
The imminent signing of McNeil is a great piece of business for Everton, and if Lampard can get the very best out of the young talent, he could be a fantastic attacking threat when the Toffees return to competitive action next week.