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Written by Martin Graham | 5 June 2022
According to reports, Newcastle United have pulled out of the race to sign Villarreal winger Arno Danjuma who will now be the subject of a bidding war between Manchester United and Liverpool.
It has been reported that Danjuma is looking for a Spanish top-tier director because he has not felt settling down at Villarreal. This is despite his impressive performance that saw him become the team’s top scorer in the UEFA Champions League and with a tally of 16 goals in all competitions (10 goals in 23 league matches).
However, he had no options to leave, as the three clubs have long been linked with the Dutch striker after he showed in his first half of a season that he could perform on the biggest stages. However, the latest reports now claim the coast is more visible to Manchester United and Liverpool as Newcastle and their money have withdrawn from the race.
Newcastle’s move would have seen the 25-year-old striker, who played at Bournemouth where he caught the attention of Villarreal, team up with Cherries’ most successful coach of the modern era, Eddie Howe.
Danjuma prefers moving to England
The Nigerian-born Dutch striker has acknowledged the interest in the Premier League and has hinted that the league is his pick if he wants to move away from the Estadio de la Ceramica.
“I have 100 per cent enjoyed my time in England,” Danjuma said in April. “Looking back now, I in no way appreciated it as much as I should have done when I lived there. For me, it’s a nice country to live in and I’m fluent in the language, and that helps too. I do my best in Spanish too.” I have a family that still lives in England.
“In terms of the Premier League, it is indescribable. The thing I will never forget in the Premier League is the fans. If you just go into the stadium, you cannot replicate the feeling of a Premier League match anywhere else in the world, it is different.”
He also acknowledged Liverpool’s interest but stated that he had not been in contact with anyone from the club regarding the move.
Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum