According to a report from the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur may have hijacked Everton’s move for Arnaut Danjuma in order to facilitate the departure of either Lucas Moura or Bryan Gil from the club.

Tottenham were named by the Daily Mail as a suitor of Danjuma a fortnight ago, but that interest appeared to come to nothing when Everton had the signing all wrapped up just yesterday (Football Insider).

Arnaut Danjuma

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Apparently, the 25-year-old had agreed terms and posed for the media, before changing his mind. With the sacking of Frank Lampard causing uncertainty around Merseyside, Danjuma may have had second thoughts as Spurs swooped in.

It was a strange move from Spurs, usually so methodical in the transfer market, and one which has prompted many to wonder why they actually attempted the hijack in the first place. According to the report in the Evening Standard, the answer may lie in the players the Lilywhites are looking to offload.

The report suggests Danjuma’s arrival “could pave the way for Lucas Moura to leave this month or Bryan Gil to return to Spain” as the pecking order in the Spurs attack looks set to change once more.

It is thought the signing also “raises questions” over the long-term future of Heung-min Son, who has been struggling for form this season. The report adds Son may “benefit from time on the bench” with Danjuma being thrown into the mix.

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If true, I would hope it’s Lucas Moura who heads out of the club this month. Bryan Gil has shown a lot of promise and could have a bright future with Spurs, while Moura is on the last six months of his contract anyway so we may as well ship him out while we can.

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