By Sam Stone

20th Sep, 2022 | 12:04pm

Fabrizio Romano: West Ham United Arnaut Danjuma deal collapsed because of personal terms

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arnaut Danjuma’s move to West Ham United collapsed due to a failure to agree personal terms.

It had been reported earlier in the summer (The Mirror print edition,3 July, page 73) that West Ham were closing in on a move for the in-demand attacker.

However, Italian journalist Romano has suggested that there was never an agreement in place with the Villarreal winger.

Romano said (via Caughtoffside, 20 September): “I’ve been asked by some fans about Arnaut Danjuma – we heard a lot about him earlier in the summer, but speculation ended up dying down. So what happened?

“Despite links with Newcastle and some other clubs, the real interest was there from West Ham. They wanted Danjuma but the deal collapsed because of personal terms, there was no agreement with the player.

“In the end, Danjuma decided to stay at Villarreal. We’ll see if he becomes an option for English clubs again in the future.”

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Would David Moyes have been able to sign the likes of Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca had they followed through with a move for Danjuma? The answer is probably no.

The jury is still out on Scamacca and Paqueta, but they both joined the club with reputations that were similar, if not higher than Danjuma. The Hammers clearly didn’t feel the Dutch winger was worth the wages that he and his agent were demanding.

The Villarreal winger enjoyed an excellent 2021/22 season and would’ve been an exciting addition at the London Stadium and as Romano has suggested, he could well become an option for English clubs in the future.

At 25, the time is right for Danjuma to move back to the Premier League and really test himself during the prime of his career. West Ham desperately need more pace in attack with Pablo Fornals operating in a wider role at the moment.

Having a direct runner like Danjuma, along with Jarrod Bowen would’ve been an exciting prospect for the Hammers, particularly on the break. It would not be a shock to see Danjuma back in the Premier League soon.