Arnaut Danjuma is set to sign for Everton and reject advances from Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth. According to The Telegraph, the Dutchman has made his decision and Frank Lampard has won the race to sign the forward.
Forest had been leading the chase to sign the player, However, a last-gasp attempt by Everton to sign the Villarreal player on loan looks to have done the trick.
Looking at the details of the loan, it seems as though Forest might have done well to avoid this one. Alan Nixon of The Sun is claiming in today’s paper that the player will earn £100,000-a-week at Goodison Park.
Furthermore, Danjuma will cost Everton a £2.5 million loan fee. Lampard has clearly identified the player as someone who can fire his team to safety and the player will be under a spot of pressure.
Forest are still likely to be in the mix to sign another forward player this month. They’ve already added Gustavo Scarpa and Chris Wood to their ranks but an injection of pace would be most welcomed.
Danjuma has scored six times this season. A large number of his performances during 2022/23, however, have come from the bench and he will head out on loan to Everton.
Danjuma set to sign for Everton and perhaps Forest have done well to avoid
It’s fair to say that the player would have been a very good signing for the Reds. However, the numbers being mentioned are eyewatering and they wouldn’t have made good business sense for a loan.
Danjuma has been hailed by Pierre van Hooijdonk in the past. He called him spectacular after he starred for the Holland national team during a thrashing of Gibraltar.
On his day, Danjuma is a fine player. He was in scintillating form during 2021/22, scoring 16 goals and claiming four assists as Villarreal reached the last four of the Champions League.
As a player, the versatile forward might have been ideal for the Reds. On the money he’s demanded, however, Forest have been wise to steer well clear of this one.