By Dean White

1st Jul, 2022 | 7:40am

West Ham United ready to trigger Arnaut Danjuma release clause amid tension behind the scenes

West Ham are willing to trigger Arnaut Danjuma’s release clause at Villarreal after talks were held with Villarreal, according to The Express.

However, the newspaper reported via their print edition on Friday (1 July, page 54) that there’s a split opinion behind the scenes at the London Stadium with David Moyes not as keen on Danjuma, 25, as the Hammers board.

It is understood that Moyes “has reservations” about the £38million Netherlands international with the Irons boss seemingly more interested in re-signing Jesse Lingard.

West Ham’s board are reportedly keen to pay for a move for ex-Bournemouth striker Danjuma but even the Villarreal star seems to have reservations of his own about a summer move.

The Mirror adds that he’s happy in Spain for now and is willing to wait until the January transfer window.

Villarreall, however, could force him out of the club due to their need to raise funds.


This isn’t good.

We thought that co-chairman David Sullivan had given up on the recruitment side of things and left it all in the hands of Moyes.

However, it seems as though Sullivan is meddling again.

Why can’t he just trust Moyes?

The Scottish manager hasn’t really steered us wrong yet with most of his signings going down a treat at the London Stadium.

Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benhrama are among those who’ve done really well for the Hammers.

If Moyes would rather sign Lingard than Danjuma, we can totally understand why – but aren’t they two different players?

Danjuma can play as a centre-forward whereas Lingard will no doubt be played deeper if he was to join the Irons this summer.

It’s an odd one but we trust Moyes.

The same cannot be said about Sullivan.