More rumours Danjuma is on his way as Everton face losing winger

Fresh reports have emerged that the Blues on-loan attacker might well be ready to quit Merseyside for a fresh challlenge at French side Lyon.
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Everton secured passage into the next round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Goodison Park.

But despite the fact that several of his first-choice players were either unavailable or just returning from injury, including Dwight McNeil, Sean Dyche didn't give Danjuma a start.

Dyche's perferred option on the left wing is McNeil and he was back in the side after his near-miraculous and speedy recovery despite being stretched off at Selhurst Park less than a week earlier.

This seemed a telling further reinforcment of the impression for many, including Danjuma himself, that the manager doesn't have much faith in the Dutchman.

Ever since his eventual arrival on loan last summer - after his earlier decision in January to go to Tottenham instead of Everton - Danjuma has found his chances limited.

However, when he has had opportunities he hasn't exactly set the Premier League on fire to put it mildly and so it's understandable why Dyche favours a more consistently productive if less dynamic player in McNeil.

And of course, he is a player that the manager knows very well from his Burnley days.

All this is the background to stories that emerged almost as soon as the January transfer window opened that Danjuma was thinking of leaving the Toffees this month.

Now today, it appears as though the club that was most interested in him, Lyon, may well have made a concrete offer to sign the Villarreal player.

As I have said before it seems very strange that Everton would allow Danjuma to leave this month given the severe lack of options Dyche has in his small and limited squad. Especially in Danjuma's position.

The Blues have said that the club don't want him to go and insist that he is still a key part of the squad going into the second half of the season.

Alongside this several other players have been rumoured to be of interest to the Toffees and I supppose it is possible the club could let Danjuma leave if they can bring a player or two, presumably on loan again, in his place.