West Ham United face Lille competition for £20m transfer of Arnaut Danjuma
According to TEAMtalk, West Ham United have been joined by Lille in the race to sign Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma.
The Hammers have been monitoring Danjuma (The Sun) since March as the Cherries livewire continually impressed in the Championship. Southampton were also keen, after standing out in their FA Cup quarter-final win at the Vitality Stadium.
His list of suitors has continued to grow since with Brighton, Watford and Wolves now also in the mix. But interest from Lille is likely to stand out to the Dutchman as they can offer him Champions League football.
Lille are keeping a close watch on the forward’s situation on the south coast. The Stade Pierre Mauroy side are looking to build on their Ligue 1 title triumph amid a backdrop of uncertainty.
Danjuma has earned a wealth of suitors after playing a crucial role in Bournemouth’s bid for promotion. He scored 15 goals and offered seven assists in 33 regular-season appearances before adding two goals in the play-offs.
The 24-year-old’s efforts ultimately were not enough as the Cherries were beaten in the semi-finals by eventual play-off winners Brentford. He could return to the Premier League without Bournemouth, who are determined to make a profit on their £13.5million signing.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side want around £20m for the two-cap international, who was blighted by injuries during his sole top-flight season. Danjuma made just six starts in 14 games after joining the Cherries from Club Brugge in the summer 2019 window.
TBR’s view: West Ham should sign Danjuma
The allure of Champions League football could see Danjuma snub interest from West Ham if he leaves Bournemouth this summer. But the Hammers should not roll over and allow the French side a clear run at the attacker’s signature.
Danjuma would be an exciting addition to David Moyes’ squad in east London and should be good value for money. He has proven the relentless goal threat he can bring with the Cherries at a time the Irons need depth.
Andriy Yarmolenko could leave (Standard) while Felipe Anderson has been linked with a move away (UOL) with Galatasaray keen. Danjuma would be a superb replacement, with Woodgate waxing lyrical over his ability to ‘produce moments of magic’ (Daily Echo).
Danjuma showed those moments in the play-offs against Premier League-bound Brentford and against champions Norwich City in the regular season. Watford were also beaten by a goal from the Nigeria-born forward who shone in FA Cup defeat to Southampton, too.
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