Arnaut Danjuma WILL join Everton despite the club sacking Frank Lampard who played a key role in the Dutchman deciding to join the struggling Premier League side
Arnaut Danjuma will still join Everton despite the club parting ways with manager Frank Lampard.
Everton sacked Lampard after less than a year in charge on Monday following a run of dire results that has seen them fall to 19th in the Premier League and staring down the barrel of a first relegation in over 70 years.
Despite that, it will not impact upon Everton’s bringing in of Danjuma – a player it was said Lampard was influential in convincing to join the club.
Everton are close to completing the signing of forward Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal
The former Bournemouth winger, who was influential in Villarreal’s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, will join within the next 24 hours.
The Villarreal forward had been the subject of interest from elsewhere but has supposedly joined Everton owing to the challenge it presents and his belief that he can help the club remain in the Premier League.
Everton fought off interest from Bournemouth, while Nottingham Forest were also interested, but Danjuma made the decision to move to Merseyside on Friday.
The dismissal of Frank Lampard on Monday afternoon will not affect the arrival of Danjuma
He will join on loan having already completed his medical, and will soon – as with the rest of the squad – have to get to grips with a new manager and coaching staff.
Everton, barely a week on from owner Farhad Moshiri publicly declaring his faith in Lampard amid rising tension amongst the fan base, parted ways with the former England midfielder on Monday afternoon.
It ends weeks of speculation in which Lampard has been consistently among the favourites to lose his job with Everton sliding further and further towards the bottom.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham was further confirmation of the perilous position the club now find themselves in and what was speculated to be a fixture that would decide the future of at least one of the manager’s has come to pass.
There is growing unrest at Everton with the club currently sat 19th in the Premier League table
David Moyes was able to galvanise his team enough to secure the victory; while Lampard was not and the club have finally decided to pull the trigger.
Lampard was keen to add further additions to the squad with the threat of relegation growing ever closer as the season enters its second half.
The club now run the risk of not having a manager in place until after the window has shut next week, though it will be hoped by all connected to Everton that this is a calculated move by the board to ensure that is not the case.
Having been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round, Everton have two weeks before their next fixture – an ominous test against Premier League leaders Arsenal on February 4.
Marcelo Bielsa is the club’s number one choice to replace Lampard.