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Report: Leicester and European duo enter nine-club race for £20m West Ham-linked sensation

West Ham United now face competition from eight clubs in the summer transfer race to sign Bournemouth sensation Arnaut Danjuma.

That’s after Leicester City, Wolfsburg and Lyon joined the growing list of clubs keen on the winger, according to Voetbalzone. West Ham have been monitoring Danjuma’s situation at the Vitality Stadium since March, per The Sun, alongside Southampton.

The Hammers caught note of Danjuma’s development on the south coast after the Cherries’ livewire held his own against Southampton. Despite losing the FA Cup clash, the Dutchman was one of the few positives for the home side.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints were considering an offer for Danjuma after getting a first-hand experience of his potential. But have since been joined by Brighton, Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Lille, according to TEAMtalk.

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Bournemouth are expected to demand at least £20million to sell the 24-year-old they signed in 2019 for £13.5m. He scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, including both of the Cherries’ goals in the play-offs against winners Brentford, and offered eight assists.

A move to Lille or Wolfsburg would offer Danjuma Champions League football next term. While West Ham, Leicester and Lyon can present Europa League action. The two-cap Netherlands international played two Champions League matches for Club Brugge.

An ankle injury prevented his further involvement in the group stage of the 2018/19 edition, but scored against Atletico Madrid. The wide sensation also found the back of the net against Belgium on his first start for Holland.

TBR’s view: West Ham must step up Danjuma pursuit

While Bournemouth will remain a Championship side for at least another year after losing in the play-off semi-finals, Danjuma will not be sticking around in the second-tier for long. He was one of the true sensations of last season and has rightly earnt vast interest.

West Ham will face a challenge if David Moyes intends to have the forward at the London Stadium next season. But the Irons must step up their pursuit to add a prolific option on their left-hand channel.

Danjuma started the 2020/21 term strongly before a hamstring injury kept him sidelined over the winter. Yet he bounced back even stronger, offering nine goals and five assists in 11 games from February 27 to help the Cherries secure their play-off spot.

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