VILLARREAL remain frontrunners to sign Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma – despite Premier League interest.
Unai Emery’s Yellow Submarine had a £13million bid rejected for the Dutchman earlier this month.
Villarreal beat Manchester United to win last season’s Europa League.
And SunSport understands the Spanish outfit are still favourites to sign the wantaway Cherries forward.
Danjuma has also been linked to Aston Villa and was interesting Southampton.
And the 24-year-old, who is also eligible to represent Nigeria, would be keen to leave Dean Court to play at a higher level.
Bournemouth will play a second consecutive season in the Championship this year after losing in last term’s play-offs.
And the Cherries would be open to selling, but only if the fee is right.
The South Coast side proved they will hold firm on their asking prices despite their league status when they managed to claim around £80m for Nathan Ake, Aaron Ramsdale and Callum Wilson after relegation last year.
Danjuma, 24, hit 15 league goals last term and was one of the top-performers in England’s second tier.
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Earlier this week, SunSport revealed Everton are keen on Cherries stopper Asmir Begovic.
New boss Rafa Benitez wants to beef up his back-up to England hero Jordan Pickford.
The Toffees stopper, who saved two of Italy's penalties in the Euro 2020 final, spent chunks of last season on the sidelines due to injury.
The 27-year-old had an abdominal injury in March last year which saw him out of action until April.
His injury led to concerns that he wouldn't even make it to the European Championships.
And Benitez views ex-Chelsea stopper Begovic as the man to fit the bill if Pickford's problems return next season.
Championship side Bournemouth would be open to a deal as the 34-year-old is one of their highest earners and has just a year left on his contract.
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