By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 7:10am

Everton furious and confused as Tottenham hijack confirmed for Arnaut Danjuma - Fabrizio Romano

Everton have missed out on Arnaut Danjuma with Tottenham’s late hijack of the loan move “confirmed”, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Despite reports on Monday that the Villarreal winger was committed to joining the relegation battle regardless of Frank Lampard’s sacking [Sky Sports, 23 January] he is now on the verge of being unveiled as a Spurs player for the rest of the season.

The deal looks set to be sealed on Wednesday morning (25 January) after medical tests were carried out, and the manager-less Toffees have been left bewildered by the turn of events.

Reporting via Twitter in the early hours of Wednesday morning Romano wrote: “Tottenham are prepared to sign all the documents with Villarreal and Arnaut Danjuma in the morning after medical tests in London.

“THFC Loan move confirmed, not permanent deal or with any mandatory clause.

“Everton are furious and surprised after deal hijacked.”


Danjuma looked to be a slight silver lining for Everton fans on a day where another manager was sent packing on Monday (23 January) as the cycle under Farhad Moshiri kept turning.

Instead, less than 48 hours later they are now to be deprived of even the Netherlands international’s addition, meaning the club are still yet to bring in anyone during the January window.

In the wake of Lampard’s sacking attention has now turned to potential high-profile outgoings, which would further weaken a squad already level on points with the side bottom of the Premier League table.

Danjuma has proven once that a deal isn’t done until it is signed, registered, and announced, but if it was highly unexpected that his arrival at Everton should fall through at the last minute, it is surely unthinkable that it happens twice.

The disfunction surrounding the Toffees has now reached a new level and if the club is furious and surprised then the feeling among the fanbase will be multiple levels higher, if the latest set of developments haven’t left them numb.

The supporters desperately need to see a competent manager appointed and very soon, with not only the chance to strengthen the squad set to pass by in less than a week, but the relegation battle now well and truly on.