West Ham could have signed Dutch star Arnaut Danjuma for just £21m from Bournemouth and now he has a £62m release clause.

Less than a year ago West Ham were being heavily linked with a move for attacker Danjuma as he impressed for the Cherries in the Championship (The Sun).

An injury-hit campaign the season before meant Danjuma was unable to help save Bournemouth from relegation.

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West Ham were linked with the 25-year-old again in the summer and he seemed to tick all the boxes of David Moyes’s recruitment policy; a good age, athletic, powerful, fast and clearly talented.

Moyes had also proved he is not afraid to dip into the Championship to make signings too.

But instead West Ham spent £33m on Nikola Vlasic while Danjuma was snapped up for just £21m by Villarreal (Sky Sports).

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West Ham could have signed Arnaut Danjuma for just £21m and now he has a £62m release clause

And it looks to have been a massive mistake by West Ham to have passed up the chance on Danjuma.

Because amidst a superb season in which Danjuma has shone as a “hybrid striker” for the Yellow Submarine, a release clause of a whopping £62m has been inserted into his contract.

According to transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano, that has come about as a result of new interest from some top Premier League clubs.

And it’s easy to see why the alleged West Ham target has attracted such attention.

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The man West Ham supposedly passed up has hit eight goals in La Liga and four in the Champions League for Villarreal so far this season.

And Danjuma’s hat-trick at the weekend meant he became the first Dutch player to score three in a La Liga match since Rafael van der Vaart for Real Madrid way back in 2008.

“There’s a release clause into Arnaut Danjuma contract and it’s worth €75m (£62), valid in the summer,” Romano said on Twitter.

“Villarreal manager Unai Emery loves him – he’s now also playing as hybrid striker. Eight goals in Liga, four goals in UCL and English top clubs are monitoring Danjuma.”

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It is easy to say West Ham should have signed him with hindsight.

But the fact he was on Moyes’s radar and has been so successful as a second striker is rather galling given West Ham’s issues in that area of late.

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