West Ham have approached Villarreal about signing Arnaut Danjuma, but they could face stiff competition for the Netherlands forward’s signature.
David Moyes wants to improve his attack this summer and is interested in Danjuma after the 25-year-old’s impressive performances over the last 12 months. The Netherlands international, who can play on the wing or through the middle, helped Villarreal reach the last four of the Champions League and scored 17 goals for club and country last season.
Danjuma, who has been targeted by West Ham before, has made outstanding progress since joining Villarreal from Bournemouth last summer. He is expected to be part of Louis van Gaal’s squad for the World Cup later this year and is not short of interest. Some of the biggest clubs in Europe are monitoring Danjuma’s situation.
It could be difficult for West Ham, who remain interested in signing Jesse Lingard on a free transfer, to attract Danjuma to the London Stadium. The Dutchman has proven himself in the Champions League, but West Ham will be playing in the Europa Conference League next term.
Moyes is determined to show ambition. West Ham are plotting a £30m move for Chelsea’s Armando Broja, though Thomas Tuchel is keen to assess the striker in pre-season before deciding on his future, and they are in talks with Lingard following the attacking midfielder’s departure from Manchester United. Lingard sparkled on loan at West Ham two seasons ago, though they are not the only club interested in him.
West Ham’s first piece of business this summer was to sign the Morocco centre-back Nayef Aguerd from Rennes for £29.8m. They are also close to announcing the signing of the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for around £10m.