Eddie Howe’s presence at Newcastle United could play a role in helping the Tyneside club sign Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma.

The forward has excelled for the La Liga side, managing 16 goals and four assists in all competitions this season. He was linked to several clubs in England in the winter market, including Liverpool, Everton and West Ham United.

Reports in the English press have dragged Newcastle United into the mix due to the 25-year-old’s past connection with the Magpies manager. He played under Howe when the pair were at AFC Bournemouth.

Villarreal took the Netherlands international from Bournemouth last summer and gave him a contract until 2026.

Cadena Ser’s Radio Castellón interviewed Danjuma’s agent Michale Moses. With regards to the possibility of his client leaving Unai Emery’s side after this season, he said: “There is a 50% chance that Danjuma will leave this summer.”

During the course of the interview, the representative was made aware of the reports in the UK discussing Newcastle interest in the Dutchman. Asked about this option, Moses said the ‘presence of Eddie Howe’ at St James’ Park ‘can help’ the Magpies.

Danjuma has a €75m release clause in his contract. If Newcastle or another club want to sign him, Radio Castellón state they will have to ‘sit down and negotiate those figures’ with Villarreal.