By Craig Scott

24th Jan, 2023 | 3:50pm

Leeds United make last-ditch bid to sign Arnaut Danjuma as transfer hijack all but completed on Tuesday

Leeds United have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma but have missed out to Tottenham, according to 90min.

The news outlet reported on Tuesday (24 January) that Danjuma, 25, was on the verge of joining Everton with the Merseyside club hoping to announce his arrival very soon.

However, it is understood that Tottenham have swooped in to hijack that deal.

According to 90min, Leeds and Nottingham Forest also looked to gatecrash Everton’s move for ex-Bournemouth star Danjuma by making a “late run” at signing him.

However, he’s now snubbed Everton and it’s being widely reported that he’s on his way to London to join Spurs.

It’s still good news

If we’re not signing Danjuma then we’re just glad that Everton aren’t.

We need to ensure that there are at least three worse teams than us this season and as it stands, Everton are easily one of them.

If they’d have signed Danjuma, there’s a chance there fortunes would have changed because the Netherlands international has proven himself to be a good player in La Liga with Villarreal.

This season, the former Cherries wide forward has scored six goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.

Last term, Danjuma 16 times in 34 matches with six of those coming in the Champions League against the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Danjuma’s a goal threat and he also possesses the ability to create opportunities for his teammates.

We’d much rather he’s sat on the bench at Tottenham than starting every week for Everton, who can continue to persist with players like Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon instead.

Everton’s demise is a sad one but from Leeds’ perspective, we’d much rather it was them than us who are in the bottom three.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has shared if Leeds are set for a financial gain if Raphinha quits Barcelona in the January window amid links with Arsenal.