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Arnaut Danjuma: West Ham to rival Southampton for AFC Bournemouth star winger

David Moyes should urge David Sullivan to fund a summer swoop to sign AFC Bournemouth forward Arnaut Danjuma, who tormented West Ham United last year.

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According to The Sun, Danjuma’s eye-catching performances in the Championship this term have attracted top-flight interest from West Ham and Southampton.

The Irons have begun tracking the 24-year-old’s development at the Vitality Stadium after netting 10 goals in 25 league games this term and assisting a further four.

Should West Ham sign Danjuma?

Yes, he has real potential

Yes, he has real potential

No, he isn't good enough

No, he isn't good enough

Southampton had been weighing up a move for the Nigeria-born Netherlands international after getting a first-hand experience of his potential in the FA Cup earlier this month, with Danjuma a rare positive for a well-beaten Cherries side.

Bournemouth paid Club Brugge KV £13.5m to sign Danjuma two years ago but failed to see the best of the winger in his maiden campaign due to a string of injuries, starting only six of his 14 appearances as Eddie Howe’s men were relegated.

Danjuma has again missed time out this season with a hamstring injury restricting his involvement over the winter, but hit his best form before the international break with three goals and two assists in his last three Championship games.

Jonathan Woodgate will hope that Danjuma can continue his form over the remainder of the season to fire the south coast side to an immediate Premier League return, with Bournemouth three points outside the play-off places but with a game in hand.

And promotion may hinder West Ham and Southampton’s hopes of a deal, while a strong run of games could see the Cherries increase their valuation of the £22,000-per-week livewire.

Should West Ham sign Danjuma?

Moyes may have to hope that Woodgate falls short in his efforts to lead Bournemouth back into the top-flight to sign Danjuma, but the West Ham boss should be urging Sullivan to forge a raid on the south coast if the chance arises.

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West Ham found out about Danjuma the hard way last summer when he tormented the Irons at the London Stadium in a pre-season friendly, with the 24-year-old running in behind during the opening minutes before seeing Aaron Cresswell intercept his cross.

But the Cherries broke the deadlock moments later with Danjuma again involved, this time twice weaving through two players before calmly slotting the ball into the far corner of the net under duress from Angelo Ogbonna.

His goal turned out to be a sign of things to come, with only striker Dominic Solanke (11) netting more often for Bournemouth in the Championship this season than the left-winger (10), who has played 848 fewer minutes.

As well as having an eye for goal and blistering the pace, the game-changing forward – who Jason Tindall describes as “electric” – has a fantastic mentality and room to grow, ideal for West Ham as Moyes reportedly strives to offload Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

“He’s confident. He’s working really, really hard for the team now, which I think is important,” Woodgate told the Daily Echo. “If you add that to your game, you can only get better. He’s got a lot of ability.

“He keeps on doing it week in, week out and that’s great for the football club. I’m enjoying his mentality, he seems to be a winner, which is even better for me. When I left him out of a couple of games he’s responded, he’s got that in abundance really.”

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Article title: Arnaut Danjuma: West Ham to rival Southampton for AFC Bournemouth star winger

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