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Arnaut Danjuma is the subject of strong interest from Olympique Lyonnais who want to sign him on loan for the remainder of the season if Everton agree to end his current term at Goodison Park early.

The Dutchman joined the Blues last summer having initially knocked them back a year ago in favour of a temporary switch to Tottenham but he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team under Sean Dyche.

That has led to speculation that his season-long loan to Everton from Villarreal could be terminated by mutual consent allowing him to join another club in the current transfer window.

Much depends on Dyche and Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, who would need to identify an alternative given that Dwight McNeil sustained an injury during the FA Cup draw at Crystal Palace last week and Jack Harrison and Lewis Dobbin is the only other senior wide players on the books.

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"There are conversations afloat. We've had interest,” Danjuma's agent, Michael-Moses Jarman, recently told TalkSport. "Look, he's happy and settled at Everton, he's got a contract, so it's only respectful that that's the way the conversation stands.

"He's not getting his minutes at the moment under Mr Dyche and what's best for his career is to play football.

"So yeah, there's been interest and conversations ongoing with Lyon, it's been reported in the media, that's why I'll confirm it."

According to information received by the Liverpool Echo, talks between Lyon and Villarreal have been productive and personal terms with the player and the Ligue 1 side are not expected to be a problem should Everton decide to release him this month.

Danjuma has made just seven Premier League starts so far this season for the Toffees but could be looking at more game time if McNeil is to be sidelined for an extended period with ankle ligament damage.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:04:37
It would be crazy to get rid of Danjuma now. It looks like McNeil will be out for a few games as well.

But it's Everton, so he probably will leave.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:08:46
Paul (1),

If Danjuma goes, we will be bringing in someone to replace him and there's a good chance he will be better than Danjuma.

Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:19:44
Is Young not a senior wide player?
Mark Ryan
4 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:23:59
Listening to Dyche and looking at the inferences from Thelwell, we ain't doing any business so this is likely bollox.
Mark Murphy
5 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:25:15
He’s certainly a senior citizen Dennis!
Paul Hewitt
6 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:28:51
Also looks like Hannibal is going Seville. Looks like another quiet January.
Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:36:51
There are 21 days left to do business in the market and we definitely need new players so don't be surprised if one or two come in.

You might not like them, if not, you can write about them, I've got my pen handy!

Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:38:02
Agree Dave.

If Danjuma is released, we will replace him. If Onana goes, we will replace him. Players come and go.

The supporters are consistent. Sunday and the match against Villa and the players who walk on the green grass of Goodison are my immediate focus.

Brian Williams
9 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:45:36
Thelwell couldn't have been clearer when he talked about this transfer window, even advising to ignore all the rumours.

It seems that some people just refuse to either listen or understand!

Paul Hewitt
10 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:48:14
Danny @8.

I wouldn't be too confident of any player we sell getting replaced this month.

Let's not forget, after January 777 Partners will no longer loan the club money if the sale hasn't gone through. The club could be selling players to save money and pay the bills.

Robert Tressell
11 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:53:38
Some very confident predictions that any replacement for Danjuma will be an improvement.

Who do people have in mind given what is available for loan in January?

There aren't a lot of options...

Dennis Stevens
12 Posted 11/01/2024 at 14:58:45
Too right, Mark!
Rob Jones
13 Posted 11/01/2024 at 15:37:34
We're broke, and he's already here.

Odds are he'll be staying until the end of the season. Everton would have to break the contract, and since they haven't got the money to replace him, he's what we have.

Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 11/01/2024 at 15:47:07

I was thinking the same thing. He was the best we could find over the course of two windows.

Danny Baily
15 Posted 11/01/2024 at 16:01:49
McNeil is out so he's got his chance, I can't see him leaving.

What I've seen from him looks good.

Alan McGuffog
16 Posted 11/01/2024 at 16:29:32
Dave it may be like swapping David Johnson for Rod Belfit.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 11/01/2024 at 16:39:27
Definitely keep this guy. Start him in McNeil's spot and make the necessary defensive adjustments to cover his liabilities in that role. He will score and create and provide needed pace up top.

And I agree there is no way we will find anybody better in this window.

Lee Courtliff
18 Posted 11/01/2024 at 17:32:25
I thought he looked lively and actually interested when he played against Palace last week, like he really wanted to be here.

Hopefully he'll get an extended chance now McNeil is, unfortunately, injured. The extra pace will be nice.

Dale Self
19 Posted 11/01/2024 at 17:36:03
If it was possible to deepen the squad this window I would consider a Lyon proposal. I’m not sure it would be fair to Danjuma given his output so far. Seeing what setup Dyche creates for him will be interesting. He consistently gets to the box, we just need more structure in support and understanding with the striker’s intent.
John Wilson
20 Posted 11/01/2024 at 17:42:27
It's just nuts how Dyche runs the players into the ground before he makes subs. Danjuma is a casualty of that, and of the young lad who chose Seville over us, can anyone blame him.

I don't think I can think of any PL manager currently except Dyche who doesn't make subs at all. He doesn't make subs except if he really had to. He did 5he same with Burnt but we're not Burnley! I don't call coming on for less than 10 mins a sub. Is it negligence not to make any changes over Christmas and wonder why we looked exhausted?

Anthony Dove
21 Posted 11/01/2024 at 18:12:56
Let him go. As I have posted before I don’t rate any of the
acquisitions we made in the last transfer window.
Joe McMahon
22 Posted 11/01/2024 at 18:22:16
I want him to stay, but more importantly play. He can strike a ball. If the Spurs shot was an inch further over the line, we would all wanted him to stay.
Tony Everan
23 Posted 11/01/2024 at 18:41:50
It's about the club, not the player, put the club first.

The one thing that matters is that we end the window stronger than when it started. If Danjuma goes, get a replacement in first, or simultaneously, that will offer more than Danjuma would if he stayed.

If we cannot do that, and I hope we can improve on him, tell him he is going nowhere until the summer.

Eddie Dunn
24 Posted 11/01/2024 at 18:45:48
I like Danjuma and hope that Mc Neil's misfortune can be his opportunity.

He has looked hungry and is eager to shoot at goal. He has been a little unlucky and could easily have a few more goals to his name.

As for this "window". Nothing is expected and it will be the first for many years without Mr Kenwright involved.

Nathan Ford
25 Posted 11/01/2024 at 19:05:12
I'm definitely in the keep him category and have been very disappointed he hasn't been given more minutes. He wants to run and attack defenders. He's literally the only player we have with those qualities.

He's greedy and he will frustrate fans and teammates by trying to do too much and shooting when passing is the best option. But I do believe he could win us points and every point is critical.

Dave Cashen
26 Posted 11/01/2024 at 19:31:15
He would be daft to even consider moving.

Fringe players are under a different sort of pressure. Their opportunities and minutes on the pitch are limited. They often spend what limited time they have trying too hard to impress.

This could be his first real chance to get a run of games under his belt. Relax and show us what he can do.

Jay Harris
27 Posted 11/01/2024 at 19:35:10
I'm definitely in the 'keep him' category. The lad has an eye for goal and is full of enthusiasm.

We could do a lot worse than him.

Peter Mills
28 Posted 11/01/2024 at 19:57:40
I can’t say I’ve been impressed with Danjuma so far.
Bobby Mallon
29 Posted 11/01/2024 at 19:59:57
He’s a keep
Bill Hawker
30 Posted 11/01/2024 at 20:33:04
We're short numbers as it is. Letting a potentially dynamic player go with no replacement would be poor business at best and negligent at worst.

I can't see him going anywhere.

Barry Hesketh
31 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:08:16
This lad has a total of 35 Premier League appearances and 2 PL goals on his CV, at the age of 27. There must be a reason for that: either he doesn't train well or isn't a team player. My assessment of him, is the latter, he goes solo, when a pass or a cross might be a better option.

If he goes, we won't miss him much, if he stays, he's another body in the squad, which we need in our financial situation. But let's not make out he's irreplaceable.

Jim Bennings
32 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:21:26
I'd keep him until the end of the season, obviously we won't be signing him permanently unless he somehow does something miraculous in the final months of the campaign.

If nothing else the goal he scored at Bramall Lane could be a big one.

Lee Howard
33 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:26:04
Just seen a post that he has signed for Lyon.
Jamie Lenard
34 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:28:19
Maybe we have Richarlison lined up for a loan.

Spurs just signed Timo Werner so they're pretty stacked up top.

Richard Lyons
35 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:30:48
Guardian is reporting that we're interested in taking Brentford’s Frank Onyeka on loan. Competition from Fulham and a number of continental sides. Has anyone got any concrete info?
Frank Sheppard
36 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:31:43
I would be disappointed if he goes.
Sam Hoare
37 Posted 11/01/2024 at 21:48:20
I think he's better than he's shown so far at Everton. He was definitely our most dangerous player in the first half against Palace and is more likely to beat a man than McNeill and Harrison.

With McNeill injured (though not as badly as first thought), it would be strange to let him leave and I'm pretty sure not many of the likely alternatives are as good.

Paul Birmingham
38 Posted 11/01/2024 at 22:36:56
Seen a picture of him and his agent on a plane to Lyon.

A good player, did he get a fair go, no doubt he had opportunities and played, but almost year on year, I think Everton must move on and get a replacement in ASAP.

Critical time of year in any season and Everton must focus on the bigger picture and survival in the Premier League this season.

All is not lost and I have faith in Thelwell getting a replacement in.


Larry O'Hara
39 Posted 12/01/2024 at 00:26:01

I'll drive him to Goodison myself!

Phil Lewis
40 Posted 12/01/2024 at 01:12:27
Some good touches in flashes, but often going alone when others ideally placed for a pass. It could be argued he hasn't had enough game time, but in the time he's had, he hasn't done enough to warrant a regular start for the team. Fluffed far too many scoring opportunities, snatching at clear-cut chances.

It simply hasn't worked for him or us. Time to part company. Won't be missed. Look elsewhere.

Che Adams would still get my vote as an alternative. Someone who we'd have a realistic chance of signing and could do a job for us.

Bill Gienapp
41 Posted 12/01/2024 at 07:20:07
I think people are being a touch optimistic with this assumption that we'd bring in a replacement in Danjuma leaves.
Steve Shave
42 Posted 12/01/2024 at 08:10:40
This would be a strange decision given the paucity of squad depth and quality. I can only assume we have someone lined up.

Reports linking us with West Brom's young attacking midfielder Tom Fellows, very raw and only just breaking through there but fast and direct, highly rated. He is available to sign on a free in the summer so maybe the money we save in Danjuma's wages could be spent on another young English player as one for the future.

A similar move for Wharton or Hannibal coming in with Onana going out for big bucks. Both pretty sensible business moves in my eyes. I am absolutely fine with this strategy as we move towards sustainability and we have an excellent crop of young players here to build around (Branthwaite, Garner et al).

Jerome Shields
43 Posted 12/01/2024 at 09:08:24
I can't see this happening, due to injuries and a need to have alternate forward tactics.
Pat Kelly
44 Posted 12/01/2024 at 09:38:37
We'll miss his goals. But, in fairness, he started it.
Robert Leigh
45 Posted 12/01/2024 at 09:38:40
It's quite funny really: he rejected us in January last year (understandably) and then didn't play much at Spurs.

Decided to join us to play, is now frustrated with limited minutes and must get wound up when Dyche plays Dobbin ahead of him on occasion. If he came to us last January he'd perhaps be a fixture in the side now.

I'm not a huge fan of Harrison, but his numbers in comparison to who he replaced (Gray) are positive and he tracks back unbelievably well. He just need a little finesse maybe.

Anyway, back to Danjuma. We cannot let him go before the end of the month unless McNeil is back playing. If we could have recalled Mills to play that would have been an option and would have saved us some money, but he's now injured.

I trust Dyche and Thelwell to do what's best.

Out of interest, has Chermiti ever played in the wing does anyone know? Only, if he was an option that might give him some much-needed minutes, much like how Calvert-Lewin did some time on the wings first.

Stephen Davies
46 Posted 12/01/2024 at 09:47:07
Supposedly Lyon have offered us Rayan Cherki, aged 20, a French International, in exchange.
Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 12/01/2024 at 10:10:40
Bill (41),

I think, if he goes and we don't replace him, it would be very foolish, but I think we are more sensible now than we have been in the past under Dyche and Thelwell.

Steve Brown
48 Posted 12/01/2024 at 10:11:50
Not sure why we would possibly agree to this.

We are in a perilous position and have a limited squad. It's unlikely anyone will come in and it does not benefit us to let a player leave in January.

Kim Vivian
49 Posted 12/01/2024 at 10:32:51
Agree with Steve...unless we are so cash strapped that letting him go eases things a bit. I said after the Palace game that it was not looking good. DCL exonerated (to use the on trend description) along with Mrs Goggins, but we still don't know about McNeil and/or Doucourie, do we? and Gana away for Afcon.

Seems madness for Danjuma to be off now, even if he has been a bit profligate so far. At least he's a body and he definitely carries a threat.

Sam Hoare
50 Posted 12/01/2024 at 11:27:35
Robert @45

I believe Chermiti has featured on the wing at times but mainly as an attacking winger, just off another striker; less so as a more defensive winger such as we play.

I'm not sure he'd be well suited to playing winger under Dyche's tactics, but then neither is Danjuma!

Stephen @46,

I very much doubt that is true. Cherki is a real gem and has been one of Lyon's best players this season and played plenty of minutes.

I think Danjuma should stay and I expect him to start the match this weekend. We only really have 3 established wingers: Danjuma, Harrison and McNeil, and one of them is out for at least a few weeks!

Sean Mitchell
51 Posted 12/01/2024 at 11:53:34
McNeil is out.
Danjuma is the obvious replacement.

No one will be coming in.


Joe McMahon
52 Posted 12/01/2024 at 12:00:30
Does anyone know if Doucouré will be back on Sunday? We don't need another defeat, and our only 2 goalscorers are injured.

Beto has to be given more minutes, not 10 at the end.

Sam Hoare
53 Posted 12/01/2024 at 12:51:44

Doucoure is back in full training now so he'll almost definitely be involved this weekend. I'd think he has a decent chance of starting given his natural fitness.

Joe McMahon
54 Posted 12/01/2024 at 13:02:29
Thanks, Sam, we certainly need him.
Raymond Fox
55 Posted 12/01/2024 at 13:18:37
No way, in my opinion, I like the lad a lot. Sure he's missed a few chances but he's also caused a few goalies to make top saves.

Dyche & Co are nearer to him than we are but he's definitely a keep for me.

Dave Cashen
56 Posted 12/01/2024 at 13:53:49
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been and remains our main goal threat. He scored 39 goals in under 70 games in the two seasons before injury (and foolish managers playing him through injury) nearly destroyed his career. Doucoure score two goals in each of his first two seasons, but he looks so much more of a threat when Calvert-Lewin is shouldering the burden.

Dyche does not do out-and-out strikers. He feels the team is far better served by using his forwards as target men to bring others into the game.

Those who think Beto is going to suddenly be given a free role are deluding themselves. He may have cost approaching £30M, but he has been forced to play as a battering ram in virtually every minute he has spent on the pitch. Hence the fact that he has scored just one league goal (after coming on against a team that had already been run ragged) and has virtually crawled off the pitch every time he has started.

Sam Hoare
57 Posted 12/01/2024 at 14:22:43
In his press conference just now, Dyche implies Danjuma is staying and will likely feature this weekend (as McNeil is out).
Danny Baily
58 Posted 12/01/2024 at 14:23:54
'A game too early' for McNeil sounds promising! I assumed he'd be out for the best part of the remainder of the season.
Mark Ryan
59 Posted 12/01/2024 at 14:30:51
But he's on a plane to France isn't he ? clearly not
Andrew Ellams
60 Posted 12/01/2024 at 14:57:57
Richard at 35,

Onyeka is on Afcn duty with Nigeria for the next 4 weeks so that one would probably be unlikely.

Christy Ring
61 Posted 12/01/2024 at 15:03:17
Listening to Dyche's press conference, McNeil is touch-and-go this weekend, which is great news, and Onana going nowhere and Doucoure should be back.
Jimmy Carr
62 Posted 12/01/2024 at 15:26:43
Did someone just say "unless we're strapped for cash"???
Dave Abrahams
63 Posted 12/01/2024 at 15:52:56
Dyche said Danjuma is still an Everton player, McNeil is unlikely to play on Sunday, maybe that's why Danjuma is still an Everton player – he is needed for the Villa game and possibly the Palace replay.

Everton have put a price on Onana, £60M according to the Daily Mail.

I doubt if Everton would put a price on his head but, if we were willing to sell, they would listen to any offers proposed by the interested clubs and hope that it would become an auction. I wish that some of Onana ‘s admirers on here were part of the bidding audience.

Christopher Timmins
64 Posted 12/01/2024 at 16:15:27
The injury news from the presser was certainly good even if we don't have McNeil for two weeks, worst case scenario, hopefully.

Danjuma to be part of the squad for Sunday and Wednesday and then who knows.

Bill Gienapp
65 Posted 13/01/2024 at 02:18:25
Dave (47),

I agree it would be very foolish, though we seem willing to play with fire re: squad depth a little too much for my liking.

Dave Abrahams
67 Posted 14/01/2024 at 22:06:38
Bill (65)Not sure we are playing with fire it’s still about the FFP and how we keep ourselves out of danger there, it seems to be a very thin line.
Sam Hoare
68 Posted 19/01/2024 at 12:52:52
There's been some whispers of bringing in right winger Luiz Henrique on loan with an obligation to buy to replace Danjuma.

Probably no truth in this but interesting if there is and would seem to fit in with our no cash situation.

Henrique was one of Betis's better players last year but dropped off as the season went on. He's just turned 23 so is still pretty young and has pace and skill and decent physicality at 6 ft. He works pretty hard too. Has some similarities to McNiel and could be a good addition if Danjuma is leaving.

A loan now with an option or obligation to buy for £15M in 12 months time maybe?

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