West Ham join Southampton in race for 10-goal Championship ace

Date published: Saturday 27th March 2021 4:52 - Neil Foster

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Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma has emerged as a summer transfer target for West Ham as David Moyes plots the next phase of the club’s development.

Danjuma, 24, has been in excellent form for the Cherries this season. The Netherlands international has scored 10 Championship goals and assisted four from 25 appearances. And the Nigerian-born ace has helped the south-coast outfit to seventh in the second-tier standings. They have a game in hand on sixth-placed Reading and are in good shape to make the play-offs.

An immediate return to the Premier League is the target. But Danjuma might be plying his trade in England’s top division regardless of how Bournemouth fare this season, according to The Sun.

The Hammers have been linked as they look to push on from what has been an exceptional campaign to date. Moyes has taken the club from the bottom reaches of the Premier League to fifth.

And there is every chance that the East End outfit might secure a Champions League berth for 2021-2022. However, there will doubtless be other clubs keen on the wide man.

Southampton have also been linked. Danjuma began his career with PSV but left to join NEC before making a senior appearance.

He made 46 appearances in all competitions and scored 14 goals for the Nijmegen-based club. A move to Belgium followed in July 2018.

And the man from Lagos bagged five goals from 24 outings for Club Brugge in 2018-2019. He also found the net in a Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid before Bournemouth came calling.

Then Cherries boss Eddie Howe used him sparingly last season. He made just six starts among 14 outings and failed to find the net. But he has now found his feet at the Vitality Stadium and seems the real deal.

Danjuma to provide spark for Hammers?

West Ham seem to have punched above their weight this term. And there is a sense that they will need to recruit well to keep up the momentum.

Questions remains over the future of Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko. And Danjuma could be a welcome addition if the duo do move on.

The London Stadium outfit are said to be monitoring his situation with a view to a summer swoop. There has been no mention of any potential price tag but Bournemouth paid Brugge £13.7m two years ago.

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They will want to make a profit on that figure and interest from Saints should certainly help drive up the price.

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