Transfers Ainsley Maitland-Niles Set For West Brom Medical

Tanya Simon
February 2, 2021

However, Arsenal were reluctant to send Maitland-Niles to Leicester as they consider the Foxes to be their European spot rivals, while the player was not keen on joining the Saints, who wanted him to play as a wing-back, not in his natural midfield role.

Arsenal's clauses involved in the deals to loan out Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles strongly hint at Mikel Arteta's plans for the pair next year. The England worldwide wants to get out on the pitch as often as possible before the summer, to boost his chances for the Euros.

And the 23-year-old is also determined to prove he has a future as a midfielder.

However, the Gunners did not want Maitland-Niles to join a club who are in contention for a Champions League place, while Southampton felt it was taking too long to reach a deal and withdrew their interest.

Allardyce wants at least one more arrival on top of the Senegal striker and England worldwide Maitland-Niles has emerged as an option.

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However, the reliable John Percy seems to be ruling out a couple of those four clubs.

Injuries to Dennis Praet and Wilfred Ndidi and Hamza Choudhury potentially leaving could leave Brendan Rodgers' men light in midfield, and while Maitland-Niles is said to be an option the same outlet adds it is unclear if their pursuit is now active, with no talks having taken place between the clubs.

Newcastle were also keen on signing Maitland-Niles, although the Magpies have signed Joe Willock on loan and Premier League rules state a club can not loan two players from the same team.

And the report adds the King Power Stadium would be the versatile midfielder's preferred destination if he is to depart the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window closes on Monday.

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