#DeadlineDay: Ainsley Maitland-Niles joins West Brom from Arsenal


midfielder for rest of season

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 11pm 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.

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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.

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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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