Arnaut Danjuma has rejected more lucrative offers from elsewhere and will join Everton on loan in the next 24 hours, Sky Sports report.
The Villarreal winger had appeared set to join the Toffees for the rest of the season but amid expectations that Frank Lampard will now be sacked following the loss to West Ham at the weekend (21 January) there were some late doubts.
Despite the apparently outgoing manager’s central role in recruiting the Netherlands international he is set on joining the club and fighting a relegation battle.
Speaking live on Sky Sports, via Football Daily on Twitter, Michael Bridge said: “I’m told that Arnaut Danjuma will join Everton over the next 24 hours, that’s despite uncertainty over the managerial situation.
“We reported on Saturday that Frank Lampard played a key role in this deal, and he did. However, despite more lucrative offers elsewhere he’s still going to join Everton.
“There’s a little bit of late interest as well, with clubs obviously hearing what we’re reporting about Frank Lampard playing a key role in the deal, but it is Everton he wants to join.
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“He’s also aware what a big challenge he faces but he wants to test himself and take big risks.
“I’m told he wants to help Everton and their fans be a Premier League club next season.”
On the Sky Sports website it was also specified that he has completed his medical.
Danjuma certainly knows how to endear himself to the Everton fans, and is arguably showing more commitment to the cause than some of the current squad.
How long that will last once he is through the doors and on the pitch remains to be seen but it is a very strong early signal that he could be an important part of this fight against the drop.
It appears that the Lampard situation did put the completion of this move in doubt late on, in the minds of other clubs at least, but clearly not in the mind of the player.
The hold up to getting the official announcement done, despite Fabrizio Romano [Caught Offside, 22 January] reporting over the weekend that it was a “here we go” already, may have been down to Danjuma wanting to ensure David Moyes wasn’t being brought in as manager, having been blocked by the Scot from a move to West Ham previously [Alex Crook, 23 January].
Whatever now happens in the dug out, and all signs suggest that Lampard is on the way out, Danjuma has shown that he is on board which is a definite positive in a sea of negatives for Toffees fans right now.
If he can translate that into some telling contributions on the pitch then it will be a very important move in rescuing the latest collapsing season.