Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Leicester, West Brom and Newcastle keen to sign Arsenal midfielder on loan

Leicester was Ainsley Maitland-Niles' preferred destination for a loan move but Arsenal were reluctant to let him join a club they could be fighting for a European spot; Maitland-Niles' switch to Southampton fell through; Newcastle remain keen but West Brom seems most likely destination

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Image: Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made just five Premier League starts for Arsenal this season

West Brom are back in the race to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal on Deadline Day after the Gunners blocked Leicester's approach and a switch to Southampton fell through.

West Brom, Leicester and Southampton have all held talks with Arsenal in the hope a last-minute loan deal can be agreed before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday - although the Saints, who had agreed a deal, are believed to now be out of the race, because they wanted to play him at wing-back and not in his preferred midfield position.

Newcastle are also keen on signing Maitland-Niles, who has now left the Arsenal training ground and is awaiting developments in north London, although the Magpies are also in talks over a loan deal for Gunners midfielder Joe Willock and Premier League rules state a club cannot loan two players from the same team.

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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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta does not rule out further transfer activity at the club on Deadline Day

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, which had been the England international's favoured destination.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign midfield cover following injuries to Dennis Praet and Wilfred Ndidi, and the club has held talks over a potential move for Maitland-Niles and Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah.

However, Arsenal are reluctant to allow Maitland-Niles to join Leicester as they don't want to strengthen a rival battling for the European places at the top of the Premier League.

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West Brom manager Sam Allardyce maintains hope of signing Maitland-Niles - and will have been boosted by Monday's meeting - with the 23-year-old keen on a move to the Hawthorns, where he is more likely to get more game time in his preferred position in midfield.

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Image: Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made just five Premier League starts for Arsenal this season

England manager Gareth Southgate remains an admirer of the versatile midfielder but has made it clear he must be playing regularly if he is to be included in the squad for the tournament, which begins on June 11.

Maitland-Niles came close to joining Wolves in the summer transfer window but Arsenal turned down a £15m bid.

A product of Arsenal's academy, Maitland-Niles has made 121 appearances for the club since breaking into the first-team in 2014.

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