West Bromwich Albion are now likely to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan after the player completed a medical on Monday evening.
In what has been a see-saw day for Maitland-Niles, it looks like he’s finally going to come to a stop at West Brom.
🚨 Maitland-Niles has completed West Brom medical in London & will return to Arsenal to sign paperwork on loan until summer — no option to buy. Too late for Sheff Utd trip so debut should come on Sunday… at Tottenham @TheAthleticUK #WBA #AFC #DeadlineDay https://t.co/aCrt7fml1n
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) February 1, 2021
David Ornstein had earlier reported that West Bromwich Albion were reigniting talks to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a loan, adding that the deal ‘should get done’.
Adam Blackmore of the BBC wrote earlier that Southampton had ended their interest in Maitland-Niles, after becoming increasingly frustrated in negotiations with his representatives. They’re now pursuing other targets.
Dan Sheldon added that Southampton pulled out of talks as they ‘couldn’t keep waiting for the Arsenal player’. He wasn’t sold on the move and they’re seeking an alternative.
At first, it looked like that would leave Leicester City and Newcastle as the only two serious contenders. West Brom previously looked out of the race due to Arsenal’s preference to send him elsewhere. But things have changed with Southampton’s withdrawal.
Arsenal aren’t particularly keen on the Leicester option, given the club want to use the player in midfield and they’re rivals for the Gunners both in terms of the league and in the Europa League.
With Newcastle closer to signing Joe Willock, Maitland-Niles is edging towards West Brom again.
The player wants games ahead of the summer so he can try and break into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros.