Everton have reportedly ‘done everything they can’ to sign Villarreal striker Arnaut Danjuma this month, with the Dutchman heavily linked with a return to Bournemouth.
Pressure is mounting on Toffees manager Frank Lampard as his side find themselves 19th in the Premier League table following their latest defeat to Southampton, with demand for new signings increasing.
Villarreal are willing to let Danjuma leave in the current window, with the Dutchman’s representatives currently in London negotiating his next destination.
On Monday, TEAMtalk revealed it exclusively Bournemouth are hoping to convince Danjuma to re-sign this winter. But Everton could still scrap their plans after submitting their own offer.
So says Twitter transfer expert ElBobble, who is known among Evertonians to reveal transfer news before it becomes official.
For example, he recently predicted the departure of Nathan Broadhead, as well as the recall of Toffees loanee Ellis Simms, days before the deals were confirmed.
Speaking about Danjuma, he said: “Everton have offered a deal to Spanish club Villarreal for Arnaut Danjuma.
“The player and his representatives met the club at the weekend, with Everton now awaiting a decision from the player, while other clubs have registered an interest.
“Everton have done everything they can on this deal now. Not much more the football club can do.”
It is believed that both Everton and Bournemouth are looking to agree a loan-to-buy arrangement for Danjuma, with the player valued by Transfer market to £35 million.
Everton and Bournemouth in two-horse race for Danjuma
Nevertheless, given Danjuma’s two-year spell with Bournemouth between 2019 and 2021, there is still a good chance he will head to the south coast rather than Merseyside.
The Netherlands international’s decision could have huge implications for the two relegation contenders as he possesses the quality to turn around both their seasons.
As mentioned, Everton currently sit in the drop zone having won just three of their 19 games so far this season, while Bournemouth are just one point ahead of them, so both clubs are looking to make some quality additions this month.
During Danjuma’s stay at the Vitality Stadium, he played a total of 52 matches, scoring 17 goals and making eight assists.
His debut season was in the Premier League where he initially struggled, failing to score in 14 league games and in a campaign that saw the Cherries relegated to the Championship.
The following season, however, Danjuma was one of Bournemouth’s star players, scoring 15 times in 33 games as his side took a play-off place.
He then left the Cherries for Villarreal in a £21m deal, a record signing for the Spanish side.
Over the past two seasons, Danjuma has contributed 22 goals in 51 appearances along with four assists, giving him an impressive average of 0.51 assists per game in Spain.
Despite Danjuma being in good form for Villarreal, he is not in Quique Setien’s plans. The manager has made it clear that they are willing to listen to offers for him.
Everton will be desperate to get a deal over the line for Danjuma. But now the power is completely in the hands of the player, so it will be interesting to see which of the two clubs he chooses to join.
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