Newcastle United are plotting a late move to sign Nottingham Forest-linked Arsenal man Ainsley Maitland-Niles. TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has made this claim in the last hour with just two days until the window slams shut.

The utility man has fallen out of favour at the Gunners. As a result, Mikel Arteta is willing to let the player move on this summer; with a permanent transfer likely to be preferred by Arsenal before the Thursday deadline.

Maitland-Niles has come through the youth academy at Arsenal. He’s made 132 appearances and has proved himself capable of playing in a number of positions; including right wing-back and in central midfield.

Newcastle Maitland-Niles move
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Arsenal were in talks with Forest over a possible deal earlier this summer. The Reds walked away, however, once it emerged that Steve Cooper wasn’t particularly keen on adding the 25-year-old to his ranks ahead of the season.

The Athletic made the claim that Forest weren’t keen. As a result, they decided to pursue other targets and keep their manager sweet, rather than adding a player to the squad who wasn’t wanted by the promotion winner.

Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan with Roma. He helped Jose Mourinho’s team lift the inaugural UEFA Conference League and it’s perhaps a surprise that he wasn’t signed permanently by the club.

Now, he’s in limbo somewhat. He will be desperate to get himself out of the door before the deadline and Newcastle looks like a decent move for the £48,000-a-week player.

Newcastle planning late move for Maitland-Niles

It will definitely be interesting to see if the Reds live to regret not signing the Arsenal man. If he goes to Newcastle, he will head to a club that will likely be challenging for Europe during the 2022/23 campaign.

Newcastle Maitland-Niles move
(Photo; David Price; Arsenal FC; Getty Images)

Forest now look out of the race. With Cooper not wanting him and the Reds close to signing Serge Aurier, Maitland-Niles looks unlikely to happen.

The Reds can be satisfied with their transfer business. They’ve added strength in depth and all that really remains is a little bit more depth to cover the starting eleven.

Maitland-Niles will unlikely be a regular starter at Newcastle. It will, however, be intriguing to see how his move pans out and what role he plays under Eddie Howe.

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