Danjuma is subject to much interest from Premier League sides, but Jones hinted it would be hard for the Dutch international to turn Villa down.
Aston Villa transfer news – Arnaut Danjuma
According to The Athletic, Danjuma is in England with his representatives speaking to Premier League clubs about a potential loan move away from Villarreal.
It comes just days after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed to GMS that Danjuma, who left Bournemouth for Villarreal in August 2021, is one of Unai Emery’s primary targets in the January window.
Romano disclosed to GMS: “I’m told there is a chance he could leave in January. So, all these clubs are speaking to Villarreal.”
Said to want out of the La Liga club, just over 18 months after joining Villarreal in a deal worth £21.3 million, it’s likely Danjuma will end up signing for a Premier League side.
With their name in the mix, Villa will be keen to land the forward, with suggestions they’d be best placed to do so.
Reports suggest Danjuma would be available for around £35 million, as Villarreal look to recoup some of the transfer fee they paid for him in the 2021 summer window.
What has Dean Jones said about Danjuma to Aston Villa?
A reported target for a number of Premier League sides in January, transfer insider Jones claimed Villa should feel confident about signing Danjuma ahead of their top-flight rivals.
On the explosive winger, Jones said: “If Unai Emery genuinely wants him, then I can’t see how or why he would choose Bournemouth or Everton, ahead of Aston Villa.
“But at the moment, it is a little bit hard to tell how much PR is around this transfer rather than actual active interest. So it’s one to look out for in the next couple of days.”
What would Danjuma offer Aston Villa’s attack?
Having shaken off any concerns of a potential relegation scrap, Villa currently sit in mid-table, with an outside shot at making the European places.
With the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all having off seasons, a gap could appear for a traditional mid-table side to snatch a European spot, with Villa currently jostling for position.
Should Emery wish to compete for continental football this season, it could hinge on their ability to recruit top talent in the January window.
As far as Danjuma is concerned, he would arrive at Villa Park with Premier League-proven experience, having featured 14 times for Bournemouth in the top tier.
While the majority of his appearances for the Cherries may have come in the Championship, Danjuma has demonstrated an ability to net goals in England, scoring 17 times while on Bournemouth’s books.