Former Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin close to joining Dunkerque

According to L’Équipe, former Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin (28) is close to joining Ligue 2 club USL Dunkerque. The Ivorian international is a free agent following the termination of his contract at Goodison Park in August. The Toffees signed the defensive midfielder from Mainz for a fee of €30m in July 2019. 

Gbamin is now close to joining the Ligue 2 club who currently occupy one of the French second division’s relegation spots. The former Mainz midfielder was keen to return to France and move closer to his family who currently reside in Lille. The 28-year-old was close to joining CSKA Moscow in 2022 but no move ever materialised. 

The Ivorian midfielder will sign with Dunkerque on a contract until the end of the season. He spent last year on loan with Trabzonspor and made 20 appearances. Gbamin’s time at Everton was ravaged by injuries, with the midfielder missing a total of 99 games for club and country during his time on Merseyside. 

GFFN | Liam Wraith

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