Manchester United have held internal discussions over a potential move to sign Everton midfielder Amadou Onana.

That is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that United have been weighing up a move for the Belgium international.

Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams is also thought to be under consideration but talks for either Adams or Onana have yet to progress.

It’s highlighted that United could go for another midfielder with Fred and Donny van de Beek likely to leave very soon.

Fiorentina defensive midfielder Sofyan Amrabat appears to be a key target but United are exploring other options such as Onana, who is more of a box-to-box player.

Who is Manchester United target Amadou Onana?

Onana was born in Senegal but headed to Belgium at a young age and started in the Anderlecht ranks.

RWS Bruxelles and Zulte Waregem also took Onana into their setups before the midfielder joined Hoffenheim in 2017.

First-team minutes didn’t materialise for Onana and he chose to leave for Hamburg in the summer of 2020.

Onana’s rise was rapid as he played just 26 times for Hamburg before being snapped up by Ligue 1 side Lille.

Everton them forked out a huge £33million to sign Onana and he racked up 33 Premier League appearances.

Onana has shown huge potential at 21 and his ascent has been pretty remarkable in recent years with a move to United potentially taking him another step forward.

United have already signed one Onana this summer with goalkeeper Andre arriving from Inter Milan.

Whilst Amadou is of Cameroonian descent, the pair aren’t related but could still join forces at Old Trafford.

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Onana has been compared to an ex-Manchester United midfielder

Tall midfielders often get miscast as defensive players; just look at Scott McTominay for proof of that idea.

Onana may fall into a similar category given that he stands at a huge 6ft 4in tall, but his best work is done from box-to-box.

The Belgium international has incredible range to get up and down the pitch or turn defence into attack.

Roberto Martinez has compared Onana to former United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, another giant midfielder often miscast in his career.

Martinez hailed Onana as a ‘leader on the pitch’ and feels his physical presence and dynamic ability is reminiscent of Fellaini.

Fellaini also joined United from Everton and if Erik ten Hag and co decide to push forward with a move for Onana, he could follow in Fellaini’s footsteps.

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