Southampton are among the clubs ‘interested’ in signing Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to respected journalist Ryan Taylor.
A product of the youth system at Arsenal, Maitland-Niles has spent time on loan at Ipswich and West Brom prior to a spell at AS Roma last term.
Since returning from Italy, the 24-year-old England international has failed to break into Mikel Arteta’s plans at the start of the 2022/23 campaign and another move could be on the cards.
The latest: ‘Interested’
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Taylor – a journalist for the Daily Express – has claimed that Southampton are among the clubs ‘interested’ in the five-cap England ace, although West Ham are also on the lookout for the midfielder.
He said: “Maitland-Niles is definitely one (West Ham want). He obviously has one year left on his Arsenal contract.
“But there are other Premier League clubs interested – Fulham, Bournemouth and Southampton as well.”
The verdict: Make a move
Linked elsewhere to Manchester United midfielder James Garner, it’s evident that the Saints are keen to bolster the midfield department on the south coast.
Last season, the Englishman – who was hailed as a ‘huge talent’ by Arteta in 2021 – made 23 appearances across all competitions in England and Italy and was part of Jose Mourinho’s Roma side that lifted the UEFA Europa Conference League.
In need of a fresh start to kickstart a stuttering career, adding the £9million valued star to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad for anything like a previously mooted £12.6million asking price would be a smart acquisition.
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