DeadlineDay: Ainsley Maitland-Niles joins West Brom from Arsenal

Published February 2, 2021

Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland -Niles has joined West Bromwich Albion on loan for the remainder of the season.
West Brom , Leicester and Southampton all held talks with Arsenal in the hope a last -minute loan deal could be agreed before the transfer window closes at 11 pm on Monday .
But West Brom secured a loan deal until the end of the season for the England international , who underwent a medical on Monday .
The 23 -year – old was keen on a move to the Hawthorns , where he is more likely to get game time in his preferred position in midfield .
Maitland -Niles is hoping to secure regular first- team football to boost his chances of playing at the upcoming Euros – and met with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on Monday lunchtime to try and get a Deadline Day loan deal over the line .
Newcastle were also keen on signing Maitland -Niles , although the Magpies have signed Joe Willock on loan and Premier League rules state a club cannot loan two players from the same team .
In the 20 -minute meeting , Arteta , along with the technical director Edu , made it clear they were still willing to let Maitland -Niles leave but were reluctant to let him join Leicester – the England international ’s favoured destination.


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