By Dean White

26th Jun, 2022 | 2:35pm

West Ham United want to sign Arnaut Danjuma, Villarreal ready to sell at £38.7m

West Ham are in the hunt to sign Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma this summer, according to Relevo journalist Toni Juanmarti.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Sunday (26 June), the Spanish journalist reported that La Liga club Villarreal “need to sell” the 25-year-old Netherlands international, who they signed from Bournemouth last year for up to £21.3million.

It is understood that with all transfer fees considered, the deal that takes Danjuma to West Ham could be worth around £38.7million but no agreement has been made as of yet.

Express journalist Ryan Taylor added that West Ham’s interest in Danjuma has been “confirmed” to him but there’s nothing concrete as of yet.

Exciting forward

Danjuma spent last season playing either as a left-winger or a centre-forward for Villarreal so there’s a chance that West Ham are looking into a deal for the Dutchman to solve their striker problem.

He scored 16 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions for the Spanish club, who made it all the way to the Champions League semi-finals.

Danjuma scored against Atalanta and BSC Young Boys in the group stages before firing in goals against Juventus and Bayern Munich in wins in the last-16 and quarter-finals respectively.

The Nigeria-born Dutch international did have some injury issues to end the season but overall, we think he could be a decent addition to West Ham’s squad.

However, we wouldn’t be too happy if he comes in as the new striker signing because he’s not an out-and-out centre-forward.

While he can play up front, Danjuma has spent most of his career playing on the wing.

He’s very good at cutting inside and getting on the scoresheet but we’d love to see David Moyes sign a proper striker who can spearhead the attack better than Michail Antonio can.

Danjuma seems pricey, too, at £38.7million.

He played previously in the Premier League for Bournemouth but didn’t score or assist any goals in 14 appearances.

The ex-PSV ace has definitely come on since then but we just have a few doubts about what would otherwise be a very exciting signing.