Nottingham Forest were interested in signing Arnaut Danjuma before the player opted to join Everton. The Toffees landed the player at the second time of asking over the weekend following their January interest.
According to the Daily Mail, the Reds wanted to strike a deal for the versatile forward. Back in January, Danjuma rejected Forest, Everton and Bournemouth to make a loan move to Tottenham.
His time at Tottenham wasn’t overly successful, it has to be said. He scored twice in 12 appearances for the club but was often considered an option from the substitutes bench.
Everton will now hope to get the best out of Danjuma. With Sean Dyche set to embark on his first full season at Goodison Park, they will hope to improve on last season when they stayed up on the final day.
Forest have quickly moved on from Danjuma. They’re expecting to complete a deal to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga and that’s a deal that they’ve prioritised instead.
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The Reds are thought to be giving the youngster a medical today. Shortly after that, it’s anticipated that he will pen a long-term contract with the Reds and become their second signing of the summer.
Forest were interested in Danjuma before he joined Everton
The Reds will probably be getting the better deal here. Danjuma is only at Everton on loan, whereas Forest are going to sign Elanga on a permanent basis this summer.
There is potential for Danjuma to join Everton permanently. However, a strong season could mean that other clubs declare their interest in the performer.
Elanga does look like the better option for the Reds. Relying on loan players is something that Forest have probably done too frequently in recent years and this represents a positive step.
At 26, Danjuma is probably a more polished player at this stage of his career. Still, the Reds will feel that they’re probably getting the better option by signing Elanga from United.