BBC radio pundit Noel Whelan has claimed that he could now see Arnaut Danjuma signing for Newcastle United after some transfer news emerged on the young winger.
The Lowdown: Highly sought after
As per Calciomercato, the St. James’ Park faithful are joined by both Everton and West Ham United in the race to sign Danjuma from Villarreal ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool were also monitoring the winger, who has a €75m (£62.7m) release clause, in January.
It seems PIF will have to pull out all the stops if they want to win the race for the highly regarded attacker.
The Latest: Whelan reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan has now given his reaction to the news on Danjuma, claiming that he would be a ‘great addition’ to the North East club:
“That’d be a superb signing.
“If they can stay up then they’ll be looking for experienced players who have played at the highest level.
“When the new owners came in, their main aim will have been to stay in the Premier League so they can attract these top-class, Champions League-quality players.
“I think right now the owners will be over the moon with the progress they’ve made towards that goal, and the way the new signings have hit the ground running.
“Right now they can start dreaming and planning about potential moves for the summer knowing that safety could be just three or four wins away.
“Danjuma would be a great addition if he is part of those plans – I can see it happening as he’s played under Howe before.”
The Verdict: No-brainer
Bringing in a player of Danjuma’s quality in the summer is surely a no-brainer for the Tyneside outfit.
The Netherlands international has scored an impressive 12 goals and made a further four assists while playing in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League so far this season (Transfermarkt), proving that he can perform at a high level.
Should Newcastle sign Danjuma?
Of course, he is a player that Eddie Howe has worked with before as well, as Danjuma played under him at AFC Bournemouth, and so the manager would back himself to get the best out of the 25-year-old.
Nonetheless, him and Allan Saint-Maximin would certainly get the Toon Army off of their seats, adding to an already improving Magpies attack.
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