Everton now seem to be closing on their first signing of the January transfer window…
What’s the latest?
That’s according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter to issue an update on Frank Lampard’s pursuit of Arnaut Danjuma as the Toffees are in talks to sign the Villarreal sensation.
With the numerous clubs that had reportedly shown an interest in the Dutchman, this claim from the Italian journalist will be a welcome one for Evertonians who are yet to see their team make any steps into the market.
Will Everton now stay up?
“Crucial hours for Danjuma’s future. He will make a decision very soon, Everton are in advanced position and working on clubs side with Villarreal to get it done.
“There are other clubs in the race, up to Danjuma — Everton have medical tests booked”.
The Spanish club hope to recover the bulk of the €20m (£18m) they spent to acquire him, but may have to wait for that payment.
“Pure magic” to Goodison
With all the unrest surrounding the club, it seems strange to see a glimmer of hope emerge from the misery.
Sitting joint-bottom of the table and in the midst of an ongoing feud between the fans and the board of directors, Everton is a club fragmented.
But, the addition of such a maverick presence like Danjuma could be the catalyst to repair these connections, hoping to bring back that winning feeling to Goodison Park that will allow him to thrive.
The 25-year-old has been described as able to “conjure moments of pure magic out of absolutely nothing” by journalist Casey Evans, which is something that could finally get fans excited about returning to their home ground once more.
This is a statement supported by his last season in England, where he tore up the Championship for AFC Bournemouth.
Whilst scoring 15 and assisting seven, the trickster would also record 1.5 key passes per game as well as a 46% dribble success rate, as he was named in the division’s Team of the Season.
With this, he would earn his big move to Villarreal, where he translated that form into success in Spain. He would score a further 16 and assist four in all competitions on his way to a Champions League semi-final too.
With pedigree and ability beyond most in the Everton dressing room, Danjuma’s potential signing comes as a huge but welcome surprise.
He could truly be the one to return the feel-good factor to Goodison Park, with his magic ability in the final third, and hopefully be the saviour to drag them out of another relegation battle.