Tottenham have completed the loan signing of Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma – just days after he nearly joined Everton.
Sky Sports News reported on Monday that Danjuma would join managerless Everton on Tuesday. The move was still expected to go through despite the sacking of Frank Lampard, who played a key role in the deal.
However, in a dramatic twist, the Netherlands international suddenly travelled to London to hold talks with Spurs, and the 25-year-old has now finalised his move to Antonio Conte’s side.
The deal for Danjuma is an initial loan for the rest of the season but an option to buy could be discussed at end of the campaign.
Danjuma will be able to play in the Champions League. Spurs face AC Milan in the last 16, with the first of two legs taking place on February 14.
Danjuma had decided to join Everton despite there being more lucrative offers and interest elsewhere. He was aware of the challenge facing the club in the Premier League amid off-field chaos but wanted to test himself and take risks.
However, the timing of Lampard’s sacking and the uncertainty of his replacement made Danjuma’s decision to abandon the move to Goodison Park easier.
The deal with Everton was set to be a straight loan until the end of the season with no option or obligation to buy.
Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest were also keen on signing Danjuma after Villarreal granted him permission to speak to clubs which generated further interest.
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