Everton approach Arsenal outcast Ainsley Maitland-Niles over loan transfer after being frozen out by Mikel ArtetaAugust 28, 2021
EVERTON are interested in signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.
Boss Rafa Benitez is still trying to improve his squad, ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.
The Spaniard has been working on a shoestring budget, as the Toffees aim to avoid FFP sanctions.
According to the Mail, Everton have made an approach to take versatile Maitland-Niles on loan.
The England international, 23, has found himself largely sidelined by boss Mikel Arteta, and was loaned out to West Brom during the second half of last season.
Since returning to North London, Maitland-Niles has made two substitute appearances, featuring against the Baggies in midweek and making a cameo during today's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.
The Gunners academy graduate wants to play as a midfielder.
But Everton could use him as a right-back, having been looking to sign one this summer.
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Benitez and Co were linked with Netherlands Euro 2020 star Denzel Dumfries.
But the former PSV Eindhoven ace opted to join Inter Milan instead.
Everton are also looking to bolster their attacking ranks, and are reportedly closing in on a move for Porto winger Luis Diaz.
The move could see out of favour star James Rodriguez move the other way on loan.
Despite their lack of big-money signings, Everton have made a decent start to life under former Kop boss Benitez.
The Toffees started the season with a win and a draw against Southampton and Leeds respectively, before securing a 2-0 triumph at Brighton this afternoon.
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