Everton approaches Arsenal over a loan deal for midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Everton are approaching Arsenal for a loan deal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Rafa Benitez looks to join his squad ahead of the transfer deadline, with the midfielder seeking regular playing time outside the Emirates

  • Everton have approached Arsenal about a loan deal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles
  • The 23-year-old wants to leave the Gunners to secure regular time
  • The midfielder was an unused replacement for Arsenal’s league games
  • Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his team before the transfer deadline

Everton have made a bid to loan Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The 23-year-old would love to leave and play regularly in midfield in his favored position, but his versatility would give Rafa Benitez options in other areas, including fullback.

A number of Premier League clubs have expressed interest following his loan spell with West Brom in the second half of last season, with Southampton also being one of his admirers.

Everton have made an approach to loan Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer

Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his team before the transfer deadline

Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his team before the transfer deadline

Everton have made an approach to loan Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles this summer

Maitland-Niles was an unused substitute in both of Arsenal’s Premier League games, but came off the bench and provided an assist in Wednesday’s 6-0 Carabao Cup win over West Brom.

The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan with the Baggies, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

Everton remain in talks over a deal for Porto’s exciting Colombian winger Luis Diaz that would see James Rodriguez move in the opposite direction on loan.

The 23-year-old midfielder was loaned to West Brom in the second half of last season

The 23-year-old midfielder was loaned to West Brom in the second half of last season

The 23-year-old midfielder was loaned to West Brom in the second half of last season

Everton remain in talks over a deal for Porto's Luis Diaz, with James Rodriguez moving in the opposite direction on loan.

Everton remain in talks over a deal for Porto's Luis Diaz, with James Rodriguez moving in the opposite direction on loan.

Everton remain in talks over a deal for Porto’s Luis Diaz, with James Rodriguez moving in the opposite direction on loan.

The Goodison Park club is also among those following the developments with Salomon Rondon.

The Venezuelan striker has a good relationship with Benitez, who has worked with him before and hopes to loan Dalian in China.

Wolves, West Ham and Leicester City have also expressed interest in signing the 31-year-old striker.

Everton want cover and competition up front, while Moise Kean discusses a return to Juventus.

Benitez insists Richarlison will not be sold despite interest from Paris St Germain, but the Brazilian has played many games this summer and will need to be treated with caution as the season progresses.

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