Ainsley Maitland-Niles set to seal loan transfer to West Brom
Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles are getting closer to a deadline loan for Premier League wrestlers West Brom.
The utility man has been linked with a number of clubs in January, with his destination potentially determined by whether he would be deployed as a defender or midfielder at his new club.
The Gunners are said to want the 23-year-old to have playing time at the back for the remainder of the season, while the player himself sees his future in the middle of the park.
Athletic reported on Sunday that the north London club have been in contact with Leicester City, Southampton and Newcastle United, but it appears the Baggies have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals.
Sky Sports reported on Monday afternoon that Sam Allardyce’s side have reached a deal with Arsenal with the player due for a medical examination this afternoon.
Maitland-Niles have struggled to establish themselves alongside Mikel Arteta this season despite the club reportedly turning down a £ 15million offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers for the player during the summer window.
The Athletic report suggested the Gunners were in favor of a move to Southampton so their man could include a purchase obligation, while the England international would have preferred a stay at Leicester, whose offer only included ‘a purchase option.
However, the possibility of Arsenal competing directly with the Foxes for a European spot at the end of the season likely sabotaged a loan at King Power Stadium.
While Maitland-Niles hopes to be deployed in his preferred role at The Hawthorns, he will follow Turkish international defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu through the gate, meaning he has already increased the competition for places at his new club. .
Yokuslu joined the Baggies on loan for the remainder of the season from La Liga club Celta Vigo earlier on deadline day.