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Joining Tottenham instead of Everton was unfathomable

New Tottenham loanee Arnaut Danjuma has insisted it was a “no-brainer” for him to snub Everton over their Premier League rivals.

Danjuma completed a loan move to fifth-placed Spurs from Villarreal on Wednesday to complete a remarkable turnaround.

The former Bournemouth striker had agreed a move to relegation-threatened Everton last weekend and was due to be announced early this week before Tottenham hijacked the deal for the striker.

He told Spurs TV: “It’s fantastic. I’m very happy to be here.

“As soon as Tottenham came through for me it was a no-brainer.

“It’s a massive club, a brilliant coach, a brilliant staff, a brilliant club, obviously the facilities are incredible, so for me I’m very excited to be part of the team.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the manager (Antonio Conte).

“He has so much experience. For me, as a developing player, it’s just fantastic. It gives me the opportunity to learn and be among the greats.”

The arrival of the Netherlands international boosts Conte’s attacking options, with Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison and Lucas Moura each experiencing injury problems this term.

Danjuma, who turns 26 next week and can play across the front three, spent two years in England with Bournemouth between 2019 and 2021.

While starring for the Cherries in the Sky Bet Championship, he struggled in the top flight, failing to score in 14 appearances.

A move to LaLiga in 2021 proved successful as Danjuma played a key role in Villarreal’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last term, scoring 16 goals in all competitions.

Opportunities have been more limited for the Nigeria-born player this season after a muscle problem disrupted the early part of his campaign, but he will hope to make his Spurs debut in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Preston.

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