Report: Everton will submit bid for player with 80 Premier League appearances in January
According to ESPN, Everton will try to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal in a permanent deal once the January transfer window opens.
What’s the story?
Well, the Toffees made an attempt to sign the 24-year-old on loan on deadline day, holding talks with the Gunners over a deal (The Athletic).
However, Maitland-Niles eventually stayed in north London after holding crunch talks with Mikel Arteta about his future.
It came after the 5-cap England international took to Instagram to reveal that he just wants to go and play where he feels wanted.
This time, Rafa Benitez’s side will try to sign him permanently, instead of making another attempt to bring the versatile figure in on loan.
Can Everton sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles?
In our view, this deal will be quite easy to complete if Arteta continues to leave Maitland-Niles on the sidelines.
In some ways, his Instagram plea could be perceived as a modern day transfer request, as the Hale End Academy graduate is clearly unhappy.
As Goal claim, Arteta gave Maitland-Niles assurances that he was part of his plans, and is also a key member of his squad during their clear-the-air talks.
Of course, Arsenal haven’t played a game since deadline day ended due to the international break, so Arteta hasn’t had a chance to come good on his assuring words.
However, if Maitland-Niles continues to warm the bench, Arteta surely have nothing else he can say to the player in January.
Actions speak louder than words, and if things don’t change for Maitland-Niles, he’ll surely push for a move to Everton in the winter window.
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