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Leicester City go back in for Ainsley Maitland-Niles with other clubs interested

Arsenal are reportedly discussing Ainsley Maitland-Niles' future at the club following a series of impressive performances whilst on loan at West Bromwich Albion, with numerous Premier League clubs interested.

West Brom produced a stunning 5-2 win against Chelsea on Saturday, with Maitland-Niles conducting the play in the middle of the pitch, battling hard and overall having a performance that he should be proud of.

According to reports, the Arsenal midfielder is being closely watched by rival Premier League clubs, such as Leicester City, Everton and also West Ham United, with the Foxes leading the chase.

Additionally, West Brom are also keen on the English midfielder, yet it all depends on whether they stay in the Premier League or not, which is still a tough ask even after Saturday's victory.

Leicester were very close to signing him on loan in January, yet the Englishman opted for West Brom as he would get more chances with the Baggies.

Had he went to Leicester, he would most probably have to play on the wings or at full-back, and he has made it clear on a number of occasions that he wishes to play in central midfield, something that West Brom are giving him the chance to prove.

Everton and West Ham are also keeping a close eye on him, as Leicester already have a packed midfield with the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy, Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet all competing with him for a starting spot in central midfield.

Everton are keen to sell some of their current midfield options, such as Andre Gomes and possibly even Gylfi Sigurdsson, whilst West Ham are working hard to keep Declan Rice, whilst attacking midfielders such as Manuel Lanzini have found it hard to retain a spot in the team, which could open the door for Maitland-Niles to go to the London Stadium.

The reports also claim that Arsenal are discussing his future very closely, as his performances for West Brom have impressed them and they could fight to keep him at the Emirates next, season, yet it is still unclear what role he would have at the club.

Maitland-Niles has played in 19 Premier League games this season, with eight of those games coming for West Brom, as he started all eight of them consecutively and played 90 minutes in all of them.


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