According to Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett, Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles is currently heading north before being transferred to West Bromwich Albion on Deadline Day.
However, Dorsett has faced a shocking late development. It appears that another Premier League side are trying to hijack the loan agreement, with the situation being described as “fluid”.
Dorsett admits the Baggies are still the “favorites” to secure the versatile 23-year-old’s signature as they have already reached an agreement with the Gunners.
The “fluid” situation and the potential interest of another club were also confirmed by Dharmesh Sheth live on Sky Sports at 6.30pm.
Maitland-Niles is currently heading north to #wba. Just a worry another Prem club is trying to hijack the deal. Situation described as “fluid”. But Albion is still the favorite as they are the only club to agree with #afc
– Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) February 1, 2021
? “The situation is fluid, could there be another interested club?” @ Skysports_sheth reports that the Maitland-Niles transfer to West Brom is still ongoing. # DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/SGOpp2bqFM
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 1, 2021
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The site attempting a late hijack isn’t named at this point, but there are some interested sites that can be ruled out.
Southampton ended its interest in the ace earlier this morning after becoming frustrated in negotiations with the England international’s representatives.
Leicester came up as a contender for the 23-year-old over the weekend, but Arsenal weren’t ready to loan Maitland-Niles to a rival.
Newcastle had their eye on Maitland-Niles too, but it appears West Brom won the ace and the Magpies have moved significantly away from that when looking to loan another Arsenal man in Joe Willock.
West Brom is an excellent relegation candidate this season as they are in 18th place in the table, have nine points and a massive goal difference for safety. However, given their status, they are a team best positioned to make Maitland-Niles a key player, more in the middle of the park than with their backs full.