Tottenham have made their first signing of the January switch window as Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma joined on mortgage from Villarreal for the remainder of the season.
Antonio Conte’s facet swooped for Danjuma after the 25-year-old had appeared set to affix Premier League strugglers Everton.
Danjuma will give Conte one other attacking possibility as he seems to raise fifth-placed Tottenham again into the Premier League’s high 4 after their current struggles.
“We’re delighted to announce the signing of Arnaut Danjuma on mortgage from Villarreal till the top of the 2022/23 season, topic to worldwide clearance,” a press release on Tottenham’s web site mentioned on Wednesday.
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Apart from the prolific Harry Kane, Tottenham’s forwards have struggled to hit high type this season, with Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison all coping with damage points at instances.
Nigeria-born Danjuma may make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth spherical tie at second-tier Preston.
Danjuma had his first style of the Premier League when he joined Bournemouth in 2019.
He spent two years with the Cherries, scoring 17 objectives in 52 video games, earlier than shifting to Spain in 2021.
Throughout his first season with the La Liga facet, Danjuma was a key determine in a run to the Champions League semi-finals, scoring six objectives in 11 appearances within the competitors.
He additionally netted 10 instances in 23 La Liga matches final season however had fallen down the pecking order since Unai Emery’s departure as Villarreal boss to take cost of Aston Villa.
Danjuma scored six instances in 17 video games in all competitions this time period, however his final La Liga objective got here again in October.
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Sky Sports activities Information reporter Vinny O’Connor described it as a “massive disappointment” for Everton to overlook out on Danjuma’s signature.
“Simply while you assume Everton followers have suffered sufficient, this occurs,” he mentioned.
“Danjuma was anticipated at Finch Farm, he had agreed to affix, and the medical had been accomplished over the weekend.
“He’d sought sure reassurances from the soccer membership relating to the course they had been moving into as soon as it turned obvious Frank Lampard was going to lose his job.
“All of it appeared set for the mortgage deal from Villarreal to be introduced however on the eleventh hour, Spurs got here in and made a suggestion to take him on mortgage.
“This might be an enormous disappointment for Everton. They thought they’d bought their man.