According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are lining up a summer move for Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma – a player Eddie Howe knows more than most.
It was the NUFC boss who gave the Dutchman his first taste of Premier League football, bringing him to Bournemouth from Brugge in a deal worth £14m back in 2019.
After tearing up the Championship – bagging 17 goals and seven assists during the 2020/21 season – Danjuma sealed a £21m move to Spain, joining Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
His debut campaign in Spain has been outstanding, seeing him bag 16 goals, help the La Liga side reach the Champions League semi finals and establish him in the Dutch national set up as a result.
The Mail report that ourselves and Liverpool are both admirers, but it’s Newcastle who are believed to have upped their interest in recent weeks by scouting the player extensively and plotting a potential £40m move for the man Howe brought to Bournemouth three years ago.
Speaking to 90min last month, Danjuma spoke fondly about his time in England and talked up a potential return to the Premier League:
“I 100% enjoyed my time in England. Looking back now I no way appreciated it as much as I should have done when I lived there.
“For me, it’s just such a nice country to live in and I’m fluent in the language so that helps as well! I’m trying my best at Spanish as well. I’ve got family that still lives in England.
“In terms of the Premier League, it’s indescribable. The thing I will never forget in the Premier League is the fans. If you just walk into the stadium you cannot replicate the feeling of a Premier League game elsewhere in the world, it’s different.
“So in that regard you are always going to miss a bit of England. If I’m returning one day, I guess that’s up to the way I perform and what the future holds for me.”