West Ham are allegedly in a two-way race with Everton to sign Villarreal ace Arnaut Danjuma in the summer transfer window.

That’s according to a report from CalcioMercato who claims that there could be a fierce two-way battle for the Holland international’s signature in the summer.

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Danjuma, 25, left Bournemouth to join Villarreal in the summer of 2021 for around £21 million (Sky Sports).

West Ham wanted Danjuma before move to Spain

Before that happened, West Ham boss David Moyes wanted to bring the Dutchman to the London Stadium according to a report from The Sun.

West Ham and Everton are allegedly eyeing a move to sign Arnaut Danjuma
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The Scot instead decided that he would be too expensive to prise away from the Cherries though.

Danjuma has been a huge hit at the Estadio de la Cerámica and he now has a £62 million release clause inserted into his contract (The Athletic).

It seems as though the 25-year-old attacker’s fine form has piqued the Hammers’ interest once again…

West Ham and Everton set for two-way battle for Danjuma

According to CalcioMercato, the Hammers are eyeing up a summer swoop for the fleet-footed Villarreal star.

Toffees boss Frank Lampard allegedly want to bring him to Goodison Park as well.

Both West Ham and Everton will have to dig really deep if either club are to sign Danjuma though, with the La Liga side holding out for his £62 million release clause.

The Dutchman has been in fine form for Villarreal this season, bagging 12 goals and three assists in 22 games (Transfermarkt).

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The Athletic recently described him as an ‘unbelievable’ winger.

Danjuma is powerful, quick and possesses exceptional technique. Why on earth we didn’t sign him for £21 million last summer is truly baffling.

What a horrendous decision that now seems. One thing’s for sure, we won’t be paying £62 million for the 25-year-old this summer.

If we did it would be a major shock!

Better planning needed

With Rob Newman on board, hopefully our player recruitment will be a lot more well thought out. January was not a good sign but perhaps the new Head of Recruitment is still finding his feet at the London Stadium.

This summer’s transfer window will be a hugely important one for West Ham. The fans don’t want to hear any more of the ‘we tried’ stories. We just want new signings and we want them done quickly and efficiently.

However, whether that will actually happen is another matter entirely.

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