According to Sky Sports, Everton are keen to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old seemed well-placed to become Arsenal’s right-back this time last year but his preference to play in midfield meant he drifted to the fringes of the squad before Christmas.
In January, he moved to West Brom on loan and, after six months of regular football, returned to declare he was willing to leave the Gunners. Having been the subject of interest from Wolves last summer – Arsenal rejected a bid in the region of £15 million – his come-and-get-me-plea has been met with a surprisingly muted response.
Finally, with only three days left of the transfer window, Everton have seemingly stepped forward; perhaps they were reminded of his existence on Wednesday when he came off the bench at the Hawthorns to provide an assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners have done pretty well at offloading players to the Toffees in recent season with Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott both swapping the Emirates for Goodison Park in big money moves.
Having committed more than £130 million on new signings and with only Joe Willock leaving for a significant sum, the sale of Maitland-Niles could go some way to helping us balance the books.
It’s certainly a story to watch in the coming days.