There are fresh reports that a player who previously decided not to sign for Everton, is now open to a summer move to Merseyside having rejected the club in January.
Arnaut Danjuma is that player of course. As we all remember, at the beginning of the year he ultimately rejected the Blues in favour of a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur.
In fact Danjuma was on the verge of signing for Everton before he pulled out of the deal and opted for North London instead, once Tottenham’s interest became clear.
His loan spell at Spurs didn’t work out for the Dutchman as he struggled for game time and only managed a few appearances and one goal in the Premier League.
Spurs had an option to sign him permanently but have decided against doing so and Danjuma has returned to Spainish side Villarreal this summer.
However, they dont seem to want to keep him and so it looks as though Danjuma is available for transfer once again.
To be totally fair to him, back in January Spurs were obviously a much more attractive destination than a team already fighting a relegation battle again.
Danjuma’s time in London coincided with some significant upheaval as Tottenham went through several managers (including Antonio Conte who famously queried the club’s ambition and questioned the players commitment) and ultimately failed to reach the Champions League.
That sort of experience would seem to make him well suited to joining another club that reguarly goes through a bout of managerial change and with what seems like constant, never-ending problems both on and off the pitch.
Everton as we know, have perfected the ‘club in crisis’ meme and have gone through two nightmare campaigns back-to-back, which have streched supporters’ patience to the limit. It is hard to imagine two more trying seasons!
Current manager Sean Dyche is desperate to strengthen his side’s attack above all else to try and avoid a repeat of those campaigns.
Danjuma a former Netherlands international forward, has played in England before and performed well for Bournemouth in an earlier spell in the Championship and Premier League, scoring twenty-seven goals for the South Coast outfit, although most of those were in the second tier.
All this would indicate that he could be a useful possibility to provide some of that firepower Dyche is scouring the transfer market for.
But, after his willingness to reject Everton in January, I wouldn’t be prepared to give him a second chance. There are other options out there and I think that’s where Dyche should be looking.