Everton fended off competition from West Ham to land Lille midfielder Amadou Onana.
The Belgium international, 20, is set to sign a five-year contract at the end of a medical after the Toffees agreed a £33.7million fee with the Ligue 1 club.
Everton are also close to agreeing a deal to bring back former midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain.
As manager Frank Lampard closes in on a stronger midfielder, he remains hopelessly short up front.
Richarlison joined Tottenham earlier this summer and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out for six weeks, leaving Salamon Rondon – who is suspended for the opener against Chelsea – as the club’s first-choice striker beyond Saturday .
West Ham manager David Moyes also feels thin on the pitch despite securing a fifth summer signing in Maxwell Cornet from Burnley.
Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca and Alphonse Areola have also signed, but Moyes wants more after losing to Onana.
“We made some good signings. We also had one or two injuries, which we have to take into account, but we are far from finished in this regard,” said Moyes.
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“We have lost three outfield players and a goalkeeper this summer.
“We didn’t bring in any players in January, so we have to fill those gaps.
“We want to bring in quality players and we are working on it.”
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