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Tottenham confirm Arnaut Danjuma signing

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Tottenham Hotspur confirm the signing of Villarreal attacker Arnaut Danjuma on loan until the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Villarreal attacker Arnaut Danjuma on loan until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old becomes the Lilywhites’ first acquisition of the winter transfer window after Spurs successfully hijacked Everton’s bid to bring him to Goodison Park.

Villarreal have also confirmed that Tottenham possess the option to sign Danjuma permanently this summer, and he returns to England one and a half years after leaving Bournemouth for La Liga.

The arrival of the Netherlands international caused a stir after Everton looked to have won the race for his services, having agreed terms with the attacker over a switch to Merseyside.

Danjuma is even believed to have completed his medical with the Toffees and completed pre-announcement media duties, but the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday evening led to a sudden change of heart.

As a result, the Dutchman supposedly refused to send off his signed Everton contract to the FA and drove to London after learning of Tottenham’s interest, leaving the Toffees infuriated.

Arnaut Danjuma warms up for Villarreal in September 2021© Reuters

Danjuma arrives in North London to compete with Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min and Bryan Gil for starts in the wide areas, although his arrival could pave the way for the latter to depart on loan this month.

The former PSV Eindhoven youngster starred in Villarreal’s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, scoring six goals in 11 European matches under ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Danjuma ended the 2021-22 campaign with an impressive 16 goals and four assists from 34 games in all tournaments, but he struggled to replicate such form in the first half of the 2022-23 season, scoring just six goals in 17 games.

Two of those six goals came in one La Liga contest aga…

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