The soap opera concerning Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future is finally over as West Brom have agreed a loan deal with Arsenal for the player. He will undergo a medical in London in the next few hours. Albion did not want to risk him making the several hour journey to the Black Country to start a medical, they want to start the process as soon as possible to make sure the deal is completed before the 11pm deadline.
Maitland-Niles had earlier today met with Mikel Arteta to try to rescue a deadline day loan move.
In a 20-minute meeting, Arteta, along with the club’s Technical Director Edu, made it clear they were still willing to let Maitland-Niles leave, but were reluctant to let him join a rival club in Leicester, which had been the England star’s favoured destination.