Southampton have pulled out of talks to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan for the rest of the season, according to Adam Blackmore of the BBC.
The Saints were reportedly frustrated with the way negotiations were progressing with the player’s representatives and will now focus on securing a different target before the transfer window closes.
Maitland-Niles was not completely sold on the idea of joining Southampton, according to Dan Sheldon of The Athletic. The 23-year-old was never as close to joining the club as some were suggesting. The fact that Leicester joined the race for the player is unlikely to have helped Southampton complete this deal.
The Englishman is keen on getting regular game time for the rest of the season to give himself the best chance of being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championship this summer. The England boss is an admirer of the 23-year-old but has made it clear that to be eligible for selection, all players should be getting regular game time at club level.
West Brom, Newcastle and Leicester remain interested in signing the player but the Baggies are the favourites. Arsenal are believed to have reservations about letting Maitland-Niles join Leicester as they view Brendan Rodgers’ side as one of their rivals in the hunt for European places.
West Brom have reignited talks to sign the player on loan and a deal should be done, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.