​Everton forward Henry Onyekuru has completed a switch to Ligue 1 side Monaco, heading to France for an undisclosed fee beliieved to be in the region of £12m.

The 22-year-old joined the Toffees for £6m from KAS Eupen back in 2017, but was immediately sent back to Belgium for the 2017/18 campaign as he joined Anderlecht on loan.

Despite impressing in Belgium with 10 goals in 29 appearances, he was unable once again to secure a work permit last summer and was sent out on loan to Galatasaray for further game-time. 

He returned to the club this summer, but the Toffees have finally cut their losses – and confirmed on Monday that the 22-year-old has departed on a permanent basis. 

The Nigerian joins Monaco as they look to recover from a disastrous season that saw them come perilously close to relegation, and comes as their fourth summer signing after Gelson Martins and Montpellier duo Benjamin Lecomte and Ruben Aguilar. 

​The Toffees, meanwhile, turn their attention to their first home match of the season this Saturday, as they take on Watford after a stalemate with Crystal Palace on the opening day.

 Valencia have confirmed the signing of forgotten Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, as the 28-year-old joins the Spanish side on a two-year deal.

The French defender didn't feature at all for City last season, with his last competitive appearance coming in February 2018, in a loan spell with Everton that was blighted by a horror knee injury that kept him sidelined for almost nine months. 

By the time he returned to fitness at his parent club, ​City had taken monumental strides forward under Pep Guardiola, and he found himself behind a raft of senior central defenders such as Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte in the pecking order. 

He has since appeared sporadically for the Under-23 side, but it seemed inevitable that his departure would come sooner rather than later, and he now heads to ​Valencia for a second spell after spending the 2016/17 season on loan with Los Che.

A Valencia statement on the signing simply reads: "Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Eliaquim Mangala that results in the French defender becoming a Valencia CF player until June 30, 2021. Pending the completion of the definitive paperwork."

If he can rediscover the form that earned him his £40m move from Porto to City back in 2015, then it may prove to be an astute signing for the Copa del Rey champions. 

He will compete for places with the established central defensive duo of Gabriel Paulista and Ezequiel Garay, as well as his up-and-coming countryman Mouctar Diakhaby. 

source: 90mins