There’s a week left of the transfer market and Arsenal are stepping up their attempts to shift Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
In the last few days, it’s been reported that West Ham United, Bournemouth and Southampton have all been “offered the chance” to sign the England international as we look to bank some cash before he becomes a free agent next year. Fulham have also been mentioned in passing.
In the last two summers, the likes of Wolves and Everton have also shown interest in the versatile midfielder but we rejected the approaches only to loan out the player (by that point a bit miffed) when January rolled around.
Ainsley enjoyed a solid six months at West Brom under Sam Allardyce but his half-season stint at AS Roma was pretty underwhelming. After a run of six consecutive matches in Serie A, he was confined to the bench for 10 of the remaining 12 games of the season.
Is there any concrete interest in the 24-year-old? It doesn’t seem so at this point. In fact, it looks like we’re trying to hawk him to anyone who’ll listen.
If reports are to be believed, West Ham are about to drop £40 million on Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta and are being linked with another Brazilian, Lazaro, who plays for Flamengo. You’d imagine that might rule out the Hammers.
Judging by their performance against us at the weekend, Bournemouth could do with strengthening. As for Southampton, who knows? Since they stopped selling all their players to Liverpool we’ve not really paid much attention to their business.
Something will have to give. We can’t see Ainsley being happy to sit on the bench again until January.