West Brom are leading the race to sign Arsenal’s versatile England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Sam Allardyce is working hard to convince the club’s owners to agree a six-month loan deal ahead of Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
While Maitland-Niles is happy to fill either full-back roles, he prefers to play in midfield – which is where Allardyce is most likely to play him.
A number of other Premier League clubs are known to be monitoring the situation after it became known that the Arsenal academy graduate wanted to go on loan until the summer.
Maitland-Niles has become an established member of Gareth Southgate’s national squad since making his debut for his country last September against Denmark.
However, the England manager has told Maitland-Niles he must be playing regularly if he is to stand any chance of being picked for England’s Euros squad in the summer.
The 23-year old has struggled to nail down a regular berth in Mikel Arteta’s first team, starting only five Premier League games this campaign.